Job review process begins for Becoats

Nov. 12, 2013 @ 05:46 PM

The school board met in closed-session Tuesday to begin its annual evaluation of Superintendent Eric Becoats’ job performance for the 2012-13 school year.
School board Chairwoman Heidi Carter would not discuss what board members talked about during the closed door session because the evaluation is confidential.
Becoats did not attend Tuesday’s meeting but will eventually meet with the board to discuss the outcome of the process.
Under district rules, the board is supposed to evaluate the district’s superintendent in October.
The board is running behind this year because of the delay in receiving accountability data and scores, which are used in the evaluation process and to set district goals.
“We’re in the process,” Carter said. “We’re going to finish it up as quickly as we can.”
The scores released last week by the Department of Public Instruction showed that 34 percent of Durham Public Schools students passed the new tests, which was a dramatic drop of more than 20 percent over the previous year.
Other school districts saw similar decreases in scores in the first year of the new tests as North Carolina educators and students struggled to adapt to the changes.
In previous years, the district has used an in-house evaluation instrument to grade the superintendent’s performance but has switched this year to one developed by McREL that has been recommended by the state Department of Public Instruction.
Becoats’ evaluation is coming in the wake of a couple of rough patches in his superintendency.
Last month, Becoats’ school-district issued credit card was terminated after The Herald Sun found he racked up more than $20,000 in charges over a 12-month period.
Then in June, Becoats found himself in hot water for hiring a school bus driver and a school system activity bus to take family and friends to private events, including a trip to The Streets at Southpoint.
He received a reprimand from the board for violating board policies and state law regarding the use of school activity bus, although the board found he did not intend to violate the policy or law.