Portland Superintendent Carole Smith gets glowing evaluation, three-year contract extension
Published: Monday, October 25, 2010, 7:17 PM Updated: Monday, October 25, 2010, 7:37 PMPortland Superintendent Carole Smith got a glowing performance evaluation and a three-year contract extension tonight from the school board that hired her three years ago. They praised her as a thoughtful, respectful leader who empowers district employees, displays impeccable integrity, cares deeply about equity for students and is a good communicator.
Their evaluation, adopted on a 6-0 vote, made note of the fact that she failed to meet any of the three key student achievement targets she and the school board had agreed she should strive for, but emphasized that "the board is encouraged by results in individual schools."
"Her personal and professional strength is everything for this district," echoed board member Ruth Adkins.
Even so, Smith won't get a raise -- because she preempted that by declaring she and all district employees who report directly to her would have their pay frozen this school year, even as most other employees got a 2 percent cost-of-living raise.
Smith earns $190,000 and has declined to accept a raise every year since she became