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Board Releases Evaluation of Superintendent

By Staff | Apr 3, 2017

Wetzel County Schools Superintendent Ed Toman (File Photo)

At the Monday, April 3 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education, the board released a statement regarding its evaluation of Superintendent Ed Toman and announced that Mr. Toman had met or exceeded all objective standards.

During the March 20 meeting, the board had retired to executive session to discuss Toman’s evaluation. When the board reconvened in open session, Board President Warren Grace said he had accepted evaluations from the other four board members. Grace said he would be formulating a consensus of the evaluations, and the results of the consensus would be made public at the next board meeting.

At Monday night’s meeting, Grace provided a written statement to the Wetzel Chronicle, which he then publicly read allowed. Via the statement, the board announced the successful completion of Toman’s evaluation. It was noted that as required by statute, and West Virginia Board of Education policy, the county superintendent evaluation, at a minimum “requires the county superintendent and the county board of education to (a) establish written goals and/or objectives for the superintendent to accomplish within a given period of time, and complete category 1 and 2 under professional responsibility.”

The statement noted that the board had decided to complete all 9 categories.

Furthermore, “The evaluation of the superintendent is composed of 92 separate objective statements that must be rated as Exceeds, Meets Standards, or Does Not Meet Standards” in the categories of professional responsibility.

The categories are as follows: Success In Improving Student Achievement Generally, Success in Improving Student Achievement Specifically Through the Management and Administration of Low Performing Schools, Community Relations, District Finances, Personnel Relations, Curricular Standards and Programs, Overall Leadership of the School District As Indicated Primarily by Improvements in Student Achievement, Other Duties as Outlined in State Law County Policy and Other Written Agreements, and Information Leadership.

As previously stated, the board announced that Toman had met or exceeded all objective standards.

“As a board, we are very pleased with his performance as the Wetzel County Superintendent of Schools,” the board’s statement said.

At the Feb. 20 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education, Grace announced that the board and current Superintendent Ed Toman had agreed to enter into a four-year contract, beginning July 1, 2017.

Toman was hired on a one-year contract in June 2016.

Toman had previously noted to the board, of the four-year contract, that he is “thrilled to death” to have a commitment of four years.

“I’m thrilled to have the confidence of all five board members, and to have stability in my life and to come home to a place that molded me to the person I am… for me to be able to give back to the communities that gave me so much as a young man.”