At the November 12, 2014 School Committee meeting, member Barbara Isola presented School Committee’s evaluation of Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro. Using the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) rubrics and forms, Superintendent DeCristofaro was evaluated on five specific district-level goals approved in October 2013 and was deemed to have Met both the Professional Practice and Student Learning Goals and Exceeded the District Improvement Goals. Dr. DeCristofaro was also evaluated on four standards of performance: Instructional Leadership (Proficient), Management & Operations (Proficient), Family & Community Engagement (Exemplary), and Professional Culture (Proficient). School Committee gave Dr. DeCristofaro an overall rating of Proficient, defined by DESE as the rigorous expected level of performance.
The evalution summative comments are below:
This evaluation of Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro comes at the end of a challenging school year, 2013-2014. Following the retirement of several senior administrators in June 2013, the first challenge was to oversee the re-organization of the Superintendent’s Leadership and Principal Teams during the summer of 2013. In addition to being the educational leader of the Quincy Public Schools and its almost 9,500 students and focusing on the goals specified within this document, Superintendent DeCristofaro mentored new leadership and guided them and more veteran administrators through many initiatives and projects during the course of the school year. The new Educator Evaluation System, District-Determined Measures, NEASC and NAEYC, implementation of the new Aspen Student Information System, and the administrative move to the Coddington Building were a few of accomplishments of 2013-2014.
Superintendent DeCristofaro collaborated or directed collaboration with City of Quincy Departments including the Mayor’s Office, City Council, Parks, Recreation, Information Technology, Public Buildings, Public Works, Planning & Community Development, Police, Fire; state agencies such as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts School Building Authority; and a host of community business partners and agencies. He engaged with parents and the general public on issues large and small. Dr. DeCristofaro collaborated with the School Committee on 50+ regular and subcommittee meetings and numerous individual meetings and communications in order to share information and ensure that the School Committee’s priorities were addressed, especially in terms of the budget development.
As one School Committee member said in their summary comments, Dr. DeCristofaro is a “[t]rue leader for Quincy Public Schools…Teacher, mentor, and inspiration to Quincy Public Schools. Professional and respectful to all. We will not know how good he was until he is gone. Great person and academic leader.”
Following the Superintendent Summative Evaluation presentation, Dr. DeCristofaro reviewed his draft goals for 2014-2016. These goals will be discussed and voted on at the December 10, 2014 School Committee meeting.