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June 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Seattle School Board divided on Banda’s first-year performance

The Seattle School Board gave Superintendent Jose Banda two evaluations for his first year on the job.

The first, described as the view of a supermajority of the board, gave Banda high marks, saying he exceeded expectations in four of the five evaluation areas, and met expectations in the fifth. But for the first time in recent memory, the board presented a minority opinion as well.

Those members rated the superintendent as below expectations or unsatisfactory in all five areas.

The board did not say how many members were part of the supermajority, but it seems likely that a supermajority would have to include at least five of the board’s seven members.

The supermajority rated Banda the highest in an area called “governance team priorities and areas of continuing emphasis.” That area included a number of projects, including his work developing the plan for the two school levies that both passed in February, and implementing the new teacher-evaluation system.

They gave him the lowest for “raising expectations and improving academic performance and opportunities for all students.”

The minority’s ratings in each area were not provided.

Banda arrived in Seattle last July. At its next meeting, the board will vote on whether to extend his three-year contract for an additional year, which means it would end in June 2016. No decision has been made about whether he will receive a raise.

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