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RC board gives superintendent positive evaluation

January 13, 2014
Jordan Travis - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY - The superintendent of Rogers City Area Schools has received another positive evaluation, and likely will get a new contract extension.

Katy Xenakis-Makowski scored well on a new state-mandated system of evaluations, board President Michael Marx said. She was ranked in eight categories, each of which had several subcategories, on a scale of one to four. A score of one would've meant she failed to meet board members' expectations, while a score of four would've indicated she exceeded them. Overall, her average score was 3.57.

Now, Marx has been appointed by the board to negotiate a contract extension with Xenakis-Makowski. The board typically recognizes a superintendent's positive review by adding another year to his or her contract. If extended, Xenakis-Makowski's will expire in three years.

"The board feels she's doing an excellent job," Marx said. "The board and her work well as a team."

Xenakis-Makowski has received positive reviews consistently since taking on the role of superintendent in July 2011. She's been with the district since 2009, and continues to serve as elementary school principal.

While the board previously had come up with its own reviews, it must now use one formulated by the state, Marx said. There were a few areas where it would be difficult for the administrator of a smaller district to "exceed" a board member's expectations. Xenakis-Makowski is the sole district employee for some programs, but board members still were asked to rank how well she managed other employees in those programs.

Despite these minor concerns, Xenakis-Makowski said she considers her rating through the new method a good vote of confidence from board members.

"I appreciate the recognition for my hard work," she said. "While we used a new tool that was lacking in some areas and had greater depth in others, it's a good tool to build off of for future evaluations."

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