Board of education scores Manton superintendent as 'Highly Effective'

Manton Consolidated Schools Superintendent Len Morrow, pictured holding a microphone, was scored by the board of education as highly effective at his duties.

MANTON — The Manton Board of Education has given Superintendent Len Morrow an overall rating of “Highly Effective,‘ although that doesn’t mean there’s no room for him to improve.

The board scored Morrow on 11 categories, which are the following: relationship with the board, community relations, staff relationships, business, educational leadership, personal qualities, evaluation, progress toward the school improvement plan, student attendance, student/parent/teacher feedback, and student growth and achievement.

They used a 4-point scoring system, with 0 to 1.99 being Ineffective, 2 to 2.79 being Minimally Effective, 2.8 to 3.39 being Effective and 3.4 to 4 being Highly Effective.

In 10 of the 11 categories, Morrow scored between 3.5 and 4, which is highly effective.

The last category — student growth and achievement — accounted for 40 percent of Morrow’s overall score.

In this category he scored a 3, bringing his overall score to 3.53 out of 4.

Morrow said he intends to take steps to improve student growth and achievement — a category that includes test scores.

He said the first step will be taken during the district’s next professional development meeting, where they will identify specific areas where improvements are needed.

Using data analysis, Morrow said they can implement research-based strategies in areas identified for improvement.

If these strategies don’t work, they will come up with a different plan, Morrow said.

“It’s all part of the process we go through,‘ he said. “We’ll attack those problems head-on.‘

Morrow said he believes one of his greatest strengths as a superintendent is his love of the district and the community.

“We take great pride in the district and school as a whole,‘ Morrow said.

Although the board finalized their score of Morrow’s performance, they have not yet renewed his contract.

Morrow said this may happen at the board’s regular meeting in April or May.

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