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Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Evaluations 2023-2024

Superintendent's Name: Mr. Keith E. GunuskeySchool Year 2023-2024


Performance Objective Standards 2023-2024

Shared Vision
The Superintendent has worked collaboratively with the Board to develop a vision and clear direction for the District. He works with administrators and staff to ensure best practices for instruction, supervision, safety, curriculum development and management as they relate to the educational opportunities for our students. He strives to provide a safe and effective educational environment that will lead to student success.

Measuring Student Growth and Achievement
The Superintendent works collaboratively with the Curriculum Team to oversee the use of multiple data sources to assess student growth and achievement. The information is utilized to identify performance objectives to assist in curriculum development, professional development priorities and individual student performance improvements. Sources of data may include Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Advanced Placement Test (AP), National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI), Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Keystone Exams, Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment (PVASS) and District Assessment.

District Operations and Financial Management
The Superintendent manages the completion of activities associated with the annual budget. While working collaboratively with building level administrators and department administrators he oversees the distribution of resources in support of District priorities. He evaluates both short term and long-term needs. He makes recommendations for adequate funding for both operating and capital expenditures. He strives to seek grant funding that will support the initiatives of the District, which in turn lessens the financial burden on local taxpayers.

The Superintendent ensures compliance with all Federal and State mandates. He works with the appropriate district personnel in successfully completing audit requirements from both the Federal and State levels. He oversees the various audit processes within the District and creates after reviews of each audit to address any required audit outcomes. Multiple audits were successfully completed throughout this past year including Perkins, Gifted, and Food Service, among others.

The Superintendent models professional decision-making processes and ethical standards consistent with the values of the Pennsylvania Education system and the local community.

Board Relations
The Superintendent prepares the agenda and other meeting materials in a timely fashion, attends, and participates in meetings of the Board and keeps the Board informed on all matters that require official action. He provides recommendations to the Board for formulation of Board policies and procedures. He provides state and federal regulation information that may impact the district.

Community Engagement
The Superintendent collaboratively works to establish a culture that encourages and welcomes community involvement and seeks ways to engage all stakeholders in the educational process. In addition, he is active in the local community to foster and build collaboration with the community. For example, he serves on the board of trustees for Wayne Memorial Hospital, the Wayne County YMCA, and The Wayne County Family Center. As a 30-year member of a local volunteer fire company, he continues to serve his community and build relationships with local first responders.

Personal and Professional Growth
The Superintendent continues to focus on personal and professional growth. In fact, he is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program at the Louisiana State University-Shreveport pursing a terminal degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness. He attends community functions to keep abreast of local initiatives. He collaborates with fellow Superintendents to discuss local, state and federal initiatives. He has successfully completed all Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership System (PILS) requirements as per certification regulations.

Performance Objective Standards
The Superintendent has developed, in collaboration with the Board of School Directors, yearly objective performance standards. The Superintendent has met the performance objective standards for the 2023-2024 school year.

Assistant Superintendent's Name: Dr. Jay StarnesSchool Year 2023-2024


Performance Objective Standards 2023-2024

Shared Vision
The Assistant Superintendent effectively engages all stakeholders in the district's shared vision of career and college readiness, which is outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and PA Future Ready Index. The Assistant Superintendent's belief is that career and college readiness begins in the elementary school, is a partnership with families and community, and concludes upon completion of High School whereby every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary career or study. His drive to provide sundry opportunities for all students is evident in the continued support of programming, professional development, and resources allocation for the literacy, math, career awareness and preparation, and social/emotional learning for all students.

Policy and Governance
The Assistant Superintendent works effectively with the Superintendent and the Board to monitor and create District policy, and demonstrates appropriate school governance for all students, faculty, staff, and community. The Assistant Superintendent continually looks to build effective lines of communication with the community. As a continued practice, the Assistant Superintendent meets with groups of students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners to plan for and to write various grants, to continue the implementation of the comprehensive plan, to plan for and implement school improvement initiatives, to appropriately staff the district, and to develop budgets that are sensitive to the needs and to the resources in the district.

The Assistant Superintendent supervises the recruitment and placement of qualified applicants for all positions and ensures that principals and supervisors conduct annual performance appraisals on employees under their supervision. He also oversees the maintenance of certificates and licenses of all professional and administrative staff. In completing these critical functions, the Assistant Superintendent manages the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) for the District. Through the use of TIMS, professional documentation is streamlined with PDE. The Assistant Superintendent, in concert with the Curriculum Director and Act 48 Chair, oversees the professional development plan (MyLearningPlan) for the District, ensuring that teachers are given opportunities to better meet the needs of students in the district, while completing the required Act 48 hours. In addition, the Assistant Superintendent has coordinated with various district leaders, the vast array of fiscal, programmatic, and compliance monitoring incumbent upon the district. The assistant superintendent has continued to lead the development, implementation, reporting/accountability efforts associated with grant funding including the ESSER funds, PCCD safe school and mental health funds, as well as non-Title related federal funds. Federal and state funding monitoring and auditing reflect appropriate use and fiscal transparency of these grant funds.

Family and Community
The Assistant Superintendent has worked extensively with family outreach programs for the students and parents of the Wallenpaupack Area School District. The programs have expanded to include all students K-12. He has collaborated with the local partners to recruit families, secure funding, and offers ongoing support for these important programs. The Assistant Superintendent continually engages in dialogue with parents, outside agencies, business and community partners to enhance understanding of district initiatives, community priorities, and promote positive school-community relations. In addition, the Assistant Superintendent works collaboratively with local economic development, workforce, and philanthropy agencies and organizations. This work has resulted in numerous grant opportunities to fund programs, created networks of opportunity for students and teachers, and strengthened school/community relations.

The Assistant Superintendent advocates for all students in WASD by increasing the opportunities of students to learn and explore their passions in the school setting, through community-based learning opportunities, and through extracurricular/cocurricular activities. The Assistant Superintendent has committed himself to creating an environment in our district that is welcoming and inclusive for all students. Partnerships with community resources like the Wayne County Community Foundation, Wayne/Pike Workforce Alliance, The Greater Scranton Area Dr. Martin Luther King Commission, PROSPER, East Stroudsburg University, Marywood University, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, and numerous other organizations and agencies.

Personal and Professional Growth
The Assistant Superintendent is a member of the District Act 48 (Professional Development) Committee and works with district and building administrators, and the professional and support staff associations to provide professional development opportunities for all professional, support, and administrative employees. He continues to support the community through extensive involvement in the Wayne County Community Foundation serving as the organization's Board Chair, a member of the PIAA State Steering Committee for Wrestling, PIAA District 2 Committee Member, and a member of the Hawley Library Board. The Assistant Superintendent was named the 2022-23 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Administrator of the year for his ongoing support of students and programming in the organization. The Assistant Superintendent has continued administrative professional growth through administrative book study groups which discuss various topics of leadership, school governance, supportive and equitable communities, and motivational theory. The goal of the study group is to ensure that all our buildings and programs are viewed through an equity lens, that all students and families in the district feel a sense of belonging, and that all voices are heard.

Performance Objective Standards
The Assistant Superintendent has developed, in collaboration with the Board of School Directors, yearly objective performance standards. The Assistant Superintendent has met the Objective Performance Standards for the 2023-2024 school year.

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