The results are in: AASB evaluates school board

Published 10:40 am Saturday, January 20, 2024

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The Alabama Association of School Boards has evaluated the leadership of the Chambers County School District, giving the board, Superintendent Casey Chambley and chief financial officer a grade that signifies they are meeting expectations.

During Wednesday’s school board meeting, AASB Assistant Director of Leadership Development Ava Cranmore presented the results.

The evaluation was requested by Chambley and Board President Jeffery Finch. According to Finch, this is the first year the AASB has given a formal evaluation. In 2023, Chambley requested that the school board complete a superintendent evaluation since all other staff receive evaluations.

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The overall grade for the Chambers County School Board was 3.7. A score of 3 or higher is considered “meeting expectations,” while a 4 is considered “exceeding expectations.”

Some of the categories that were evaluated were skill at identifying and solving problems, maintaining open communication with staff, student performance, school atmosphere that is conducive to learning, financial resources and providing staff with opportunities for meaningful growth.

The overall score from the board was 3.7 for Superintendent Casey Chambley. The superintendent’s direct report survey was 4.3. 

Some of the key criteria the superintendent was scored on were “CEO of the school board” (3.7), personal management (3.6), utilization of social media and community communication (3.4), implementation of punishment for student behavior (3.5), oral and written communication and integrity (3.8), technology management (3.7), facility long and short range management (3.8) and financial management (3.9).

CSFO Cassandra Allen scored a 3.9. Some of the criteria Allen was scored on were professional behavior (3.9) and position responsibilities (3.9). 

As for day-to-day performance, she scored 4.5 overall. Some criteria within this score were understanding of role (5.0), professional behavior (5.0) and communication and collaboration (4.0).

The scores are made anonymously to help encourage honest, holistic assessment. AASB offers goal setting and planning to improve scores.