Cardon’s evaluation up for discussion

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — Board members were given a timeline of how they would evaluate Superintendent Ann Cardon for the upcoming school year.

St. Joseph school board President Amy Porritt-Peirce told trustees there would be a few changes to the evaluation process for the district’s chief administrative official.

“Part of the revised school code coming down from Lansing is really three key areas that impact the evaluation of the superintendent,” Porritt-Peirce said.

She said the tool used to determine Cardon’s effectiveness has to be approved by the Michigan Department of Education.

Second, board members will get training on the evaluation process.

The third change requires the district to communicate with the public by posting information online about the tool trustees will use.

Porritt-Peirce said another mandate is to base 25 percent of the evaluation on student growth and achievement.

On April 29, the tool will be distributed along with its supporting data. On a later date and in a closed session, Porritt-Peirce said board members can meet with Cardon for a conversation about her evaluation.

Fire suppression

Trustees also voted to enter into a three-year service contract with Tyco Simplex Grinnell to maintain and repair the fire suppression system at all five schools in the district.

The contract calls for the school to pay more than $19,000 a year.

Kathy Hamilton, district chief financial officer, said they went out for bid and received three offers.

She recommended the board go with Simplex because it presented the most thorough proposal and that the school already uses its equipment.

“The contract will start now in this fiscal year in order for them to have everything done and in compliance for the opening of school (next year),” Hamilton said. “We couldn’t wait until July to start the contract and then expect everything to be done by the time school opened.”

The fire suppression system includes fire alarms, fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems.

Treasurer Chris Cook was not present for Monday’s meeting.

The next regular board meeting will start at 5:45 p.m. on May 17 in the St. Joseph High School Student Center Conference Room. The meeting time and day was moved to coincide with an honor graduate reception to follow at that location.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on April 12, 2016)


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