Superintendent undergoes first evaluation

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

March 21, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.

Superintendent Robert Jaklich, 55, received his first evaluation from the Victoria school district board of trustees Thursday evening.

Board members met in the closed session for more than two hours after the public portion of the school board meeting.

"Everything went great," Jaklich said after the meeting. "I'm proud and honored to serve at the superintendent of schools for VISD."

The board extended Jaklich's three-year contract by one year with a 6 percent salary increase, which will make his annual pay $251,220. The increase will occur July 1.

Jaklich said his evaluation will remain confidential.

Since his start date, the superintendent has overseen changes in high school class scheduling and upgrades to campus safety protocols and procedure before and after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Additionally, under the new superintendent, the district has paid for each student taking Advanced Placement exams, expanded staff professional learning communities and conducted weekly walkthroughs at all campuses.

Recently retired Patti Welder Middle School counselor Barbara Sutter said she thinks the weekly walks have been one of the best changes Jaklich has brought to the district.

But Sutter also said she hopes to see a decrease in the amount of time spent testing and an increase in time spent teaching.

"We are testing our kids way too much," Sutter said. "I hope he can step up to the plate this next year and give kids more time for learning instead of testing."

Sutter emphasized the need to develop students' social skills as well as their academics.

David Garza, an agriculture club booster president, said he's been pleased with the job the superintendent has done so far.

"In our case, he's helped us get funding for projects at the ag club barn," Garza said. "He stands behind what he says."



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