St. Paul schools chief gets good grade

  • Article by: DAAREL BURNETTE II , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 13, 2011 - 10:59 PM

St. Paul superintendent receives positive evaluation.

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In her second evaluation, St. Paul school board members said that Superintendent Valeria Silva has "met or exceeded" their expectations in leading the district through one of its largest-ever reform efforts this past year.

"We appreciate her collaborative and inclusive leadership in creating and launching Strong Schools, Strong Communities," board Chair Elona Street-Stewart said. "She has conveyed a combination of urgency and commitment that characterizes her leadership style and the value she holds to the community."

The four-year plan, which was approved earlier this year, is set to transform several magnet schools into neighborhood schools and drastically limit citywide transportation.

The superintendent was evaluated in a private board meeting last month on a list of qualities that included communication, leadership and management style. The board made that evaluation public at its monthly meeting on Tuesday night.

Silva worked with the district for 25 years before being hired as superintendent in December 2009.

During her State of the District presentation last week, Silva touted her success in raising the district's Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores and launching the school reorganization plan.

"Today, I can tell you that I am more confident than ever that we are moving in the right direction," Silva said at the event. "We are in year one of a three-year journey to deliver the best education possible in every classroom, without exception or excuse."

Daarel Burnette II • 651-735-1695 Twitter: @DaarelStrib

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