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Wausau to change superintendent evaluation process

Wausau School Superintendent Steven Murley
Wausau School Superintendent Steven Murley
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A policy awaiting approval would give Wausau school board members the power to evaluate the superintendent more often but board members say the change is not connected to teacher union calls for Steve Murley's termination.

The board's policy, resolution and legislation committee approved the policy Monday. The full board will vote on the new policy January 11th.

The new policy expands the number of times the superintendent will be evaluated from one to four each year. The quarterly evaluations will give a “better snapshot,” said committee chair and board vice president Michelle Schaefer.

“If we can [evaluate] throughout the year, we can continually build on what is good and what we would like to improve,” Schaefer said.

Schaefer said changing how the superintendent is evaluated has been in the works for more than a year and is not an immediate response to recent union calls for a thorough investigation into Murley's leadership.

One disadvantage to the old system, Schaefer said, is that the evaluation instrument was too general. The new evaluation instrument will be more specific in assessing the superintendent's performance.

Schaefer is unsure when the new evaluation system would be used, if it's approved, but hopes that it can be put into place immediately.