Dr. Pollio’s energy, enthusiasm and passion resulting in district transformation

Board of Education releases superintendent evaluation of Dr. Pollio

Dr. Marty Pollio’s positive energy, enthusiasm and passion as superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) have sparked a “transformational process” within the district and throughout the community, according to the Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE). During a special-called school board meeting on June 25, JCBE members shared findings from their 2018-19 performance evaluation of Dr. Pollio as JCPS superintendent. 

Dr. Pollio high fives a student before he gets on the bus

“We commend Dr. Pollio for his efforts at changing the public perception of JCPS for the better,” school board members noted in the evaluation. “Dr. Pollio’s bold leadership and passion have resulted in a renewed energy in the community in support of JCPS. Dr. Pollio is viewed as an education leader at the local, regional and state levels.”

Among the findings, the review recognized Superintendent Pollio’s:

  • Clear mission and identity for the district through the work guided by the Vision 2020 strategic plan and his three core pillars: the Backpack of Success Skills, Racial Equity, and Culture and Climate;
  • Continued emphasis and implementation of the Academies of Louisville—resulting in students being better prepared for the 21st century workforce;
  • Efforts to engage the community by sharing the district’s mission and vision, while at the same time identifying challenges such as facility needs;
  • Strong commitment to creating systems that use data to monitor and improve academic performance across the district;
  • Leadership in successfully implementing the JCPS Backpack of Success Skills at all schools within one year;
  • Leadership in presenting a progressive Racial Equity Policy to the board and the requirement that all major district initiatives undergo a Racial Equity Analysis Protocol (REAP);
  • Development of the Six Essential Systems that every school must have, which are designed to strengthen both student learning and teaching;
  • Continued sound financial management practices and proactive attention to addressing identified problems;
  • Positive relationship with the Kentucky Dept. of Education and effective collaboration with the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA);
  • Ongoing commitment to the development and dissemination of positive communication regarding JCPS.

“I appreciate the board’s support and the work we’ve accomplished together to continue moving our district forward,” Dr. Pollio said. “We are putting bold, innovative ideas into action that are driving the transformation that our students and community deserve—and we remain laser-focused on building a model urban school district for all students at every level.”

The board utilizes the Kentucky School Board Association (KSBA) Superintendent Evaluation procedure, which focuses on evidence and performance expectations using seven standards and goals agreed upon by the board members and superintendent.

Superintendent Pollio received an exemplary rating in the area of cultural leadership. In the standards of strategic, instructional, managerial and influential leadership, the board rated Dr. Pollio’s performance as accomplished. Human resource and collaborative leadership received a rating of developing. Continued focus areas include connecting the Vision 2020 strategic plan into the daily work of the district; work to further meet the needs of students in alternative schools; early childhood education; recognizing, reducing and eliminating the achievement gap; and strengthening communication as it relates to human resources decisions.

“The board will be working with Superintendent Pollio over the next several weeks to develop goals for our district for the 2019-2020 school year,” Board Chair Diane Porter said. “We look forward to working together to continue making JCPS a better district for our students, staff and community.”

A link to the evaluation is available here.

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