Blair Oaks Decides Principal's Fate
JEFFERSON CITY - The Blair Oaks School Board has upheld a previous decision not to renew the contract of Blair Oaks Elementary principal Lorie Winslow. The board released the details of its findings Friday after two days of appeal hearings.
Winslow was notified in writing on March 2 that during the February 15 meeting, the Board of Education voted not to employ her as administrator due her failure to act on her responsibilities and to demonstrate honesty to the supervisor regarding the teacher evaluation process.
Superintendent James Jones testified saying that the elementary school did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress the last two years. Jones stated that students weren't satisfactorily learning during cross examination.
Winslow was unable to articulate the district's expectations when asked about the evaluation process and expectations.
She stated she recently learned that tenured teachers were supposed to be evaluated once every three years. She thought it was supposed to be once every five years, according to her testimony.
Despite her testimony, Winslow didn't complete summative and formative evaluations according to Jones. She stated that she completed 100 percent of them, but Ms. Aimee Schmidt, among various other teachers who testified, denied ever receiving them.
Another teacher stated that Winslow didn't sit in on her class after its declining 2010-2011 Elementary MAP scores. The teacher was preparing for a better year but Winslow didn't perform her evaluation until February of this year.
Central office administrative assistant Janet Verslues testified that Winslow reviewed the personal files submitted in January or February 2012. She stated that the records were in disarray, unlike the Middle School and High School records.
During cross examination, Winslow contradicted that Jones spoke with her about her disorderly evaluations this year by restating that he did so in 2005-2006. She also couldn't truthfully state that she completed all of the evaluations.
"She inconsistently implements evaluation strategies oriented towards improvement of instruction," Jones said.
Winslow also allowed teachers the Career Ladder statutory program to teachers under her supervision with miscommunication, according to Jones.
She also failed to evaluate teachers, such as Ms. Linda Boessen, a year prior to being accepted into the program and even failed to record the teachers that are eligible.
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