SD2 trustees start superintendent's evaluation process

2014-03-17T20:18:00Z 2014-03-18T16:45:18Z SD2 trustees start superintendent's evaluation processBy ROB ROGERS rrogers@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The job performance of Superintendent Terry Bouck is now open for review.

School District 2 trustees decided at Monday night's School Board meeting that they will pass out evaluation forms at a special planning and development committee meeting on April 7 to begin the review process of Bouck's job over the past year.

The board will spend the two weeks following that meeting working on the evaluations, meeting with Bouck and preparing the document for publication for the April 22 board meeting.

Bouck will be evaluated on how he's handled the district's crowded classrooms, improved school safety, worked on increasing graduation rates and tackled student instruction and performance, among other things.

At the start of Monday's meeting, Bouck talked about the need to redraw school boundaries in the district. 

"We all knew when we built a couple new middle schools — and we haven't done this process in about 30 years — that we'd need" to redraw school boundaries, he said. 

SD2 is in the process of designing a new middle school for the Heights that will be built and open by August 2016. It'll do the same next year, building a new middle school on the West End for 2017. 

With that in mind, Bouck proposed to the board that they start a process for redrawing school boundaries in May, shooting toward a completion date of February 2015, when a final recommendation would go before the board for approval. 

To do it, the district would put together a committee of 20 to 25 people, including parents, district staff, trustees, community members and planning experts. 

"It'll be big on big-picture thinking," Bouck said. "Being objective is very important."

Matt Cropper from Cropper GIS, the firm the district hired last year to undertake its demographic study, would assist in the redrawing of lines and will provide mapping and demographic assistance to the committee.

The board also discussed its proposed budget for the coming school year. That budget has to be completed and turned into the state Office of Public Instruction by Aug. 25. 

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