Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman is getting positive marks from the Board of Education. The board completed its annual performance review of Berman in a closed-door session Monday night.
Board Chair Debbie Wesslund read from a statement prepared after the review.
“This year was a challenging one on several fronts, events over the course of the year tested the superintendent’s leadership and teamwork skills, during these times it’s important to have a strong operational manager, clear lines of authority and open communication,” said Wesslund.
Those challenges included a budget deficit, a dispute with the teachers’ union and questions about the district’s handling of the investigation into the heat-related death of PRP football player Max Gilpin.
The Jefferson County Teacher’s Association released a survey of its members earlier this month, saying nearly half of them gave Berman a failing grade for the past year’s performance. JCPS officials released a similar survey Monday night of all school employees – including non-union workers – saying over 80% of the staff approved of Berman’s leadership over the course of the year.
Berman will not get additional incentive pay this year because of the district’s tight budget.