Forcella evaluation approved, contract extended

Nov. 22, 2013 @ 05:21 PM

After little discussion and lots of praise, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Tom Forcella’s evaluation, extending his contract through June 2017.
The board met in closed session immediately before its regularly scheduled meeting with Forcella to review his self-evaluation for the 2012-13 school year.
“A raise would have been merited but given the economic climate, we can’t do that so we can give you praise and accolades,” board chair Michelle Borwnstein said.
Forcella did not speak as the board gave comments but smiled and nodded.
The board crafted a letter to Forcella about his evaluation in which they spoke to his work over the past two years.
“During the 2012-13 school year, you addressed each of the board’s priorities while creating an effective district vision and mission statements,” the letter stated. “Notably, you led the community creation of a long-range plan as an effective outline to bring substantial, positive change.”
The letter outlines Forcella’s endeavors including “focusing on improving instruction, closing achievement gaps, improving learning through infusing a growth mind-set, spearheading the comprehensive review of older facilities, supporting and building community partners and improving board meeting effectiveness.
The evaluation was originally scheduled for the board’s October meeting but was postponed until November when the October meeting ran long.
“We’re looking for more great things,” said board member Mike Kelley.
The letter explained that,“we are excited about our district’s future not only because you have built a solid foundation in a very short time but also because we have confidence in your leadership, that is clearly fueled by your passion, innovation and hard work for the betterment of the students in our district.”
The meeting was the last for board member Greg McElveen who will be leaving the board after not seeking re-election.
In the Nov. 5 election, Andrew Davidson won one of the three available seats on the board. Brownstein and fellow board member James Barrett were re-elected.