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Lawrence school board to complete annual superintendent evaluation

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Lawrence school board members on Monday will complete their annual evaluation of the district superintendent, Anthony Lewis.

As part of a special meeting, the board will meet with Lewis in an hourlong executive session, or closed-door meeting, with no action to follow.

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Per the board’s “Evaluating the Superintendent” policy, the board must review the superintendent using an evaluation form once each semester for their first two years of employment, once during the third year, once during the fourth year, and then annually for the duration of their employment. Lewis joined the district as superintendent during the 2018-19 year and is currently in his fourth year.

“The superintendent’s evaluation shall be confidential and be made available only to the board, the superintendent, and others as provided by law,” according to the policy. “The evaluation instrument shall be on file at the district office with the clerk. Any revisions in the evaluation system shall include input from the superintendent.”

The school board in July 2021 renewed Lewis’ contract through the 2023-24 school year and approved a package that notes a $226,530 annual salary, 20 paid vacation days — with holidays recognized by the district (not to exceed 40 days), as well — and 12 days of paid sick leave for Lewis.

No public comment is permitted during the special meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday, March 6 at district offices, 110 McDonald Drive. Meetings are open to the public, livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel and broadcast on Midco channel 26, but most of this special meeting will take place behind closed doors.

After Monday, the school board is not currently scheduled to meet again until March 27. At that time, board members will be asked to make their final votes on the 2023-24 budget package, which could include specific school closures.

The board voted on Monday to publish notices of public hearings to consider closing Pinckney and Broken Arrow elementary schools, but the date or dates for those hearings have not yet been announced.

During the district’s Boundary Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, committee members began discussing schools that students currently at Broken Arrow and Pinckney could transfer into if those two schools close. The BAC will meet next at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at the district’s Facilities and Operations building, 711 E. 23rd St., and then again on Wednesday, March 22 to discuss further before reporting to the board.

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Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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