According to the Pennsylvania School Code, districts’ school boards are required to develop mutually agreed upon objective performance standards for the superintendent and conduct a formal, written performance assessment of the superintendent annually. The objective performance standards are to be posted on the district’s website. To that end, the Brentwood Borough School District and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Amy Burch have mutually agreed upon six performance standards as listed below:
1. Student Growth and Achievement: Superintendent will use multiple data sources to assess student success and growth as appropriate, specific to needs within the District and as determined annually in collaboration with the Board of School Directors. Annual or other District performance objectives are articulated and clearly achieved under the direction of the Superintendent relative to Keystone Exams, Pennsylvania System for School Assessment (PSSA) tests, Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS), graduation rates and other locally determined measures.
2. Organizational Leadership: Superintendent has worked collaboratively with the Board to develop a vision for the District, displays an ability to identify and rectify problems affecting the District, works collaboratively with District administration to ensure best practices for instruction, supervision, curriculum development, and management are being utilized, and works to influence the climate and culture of the District.
3. District Operations and Financial Management: Superintendent manages effectively, ensuring completion of activities associated with the annual budget; overseeing distribution of resources in support of District priorities; and directing overall operational activities within the District.
4. Communication and Community Relations: Superintendent communicates with and effectively engages the staff, the Board and members of the community, clearly articulating District goals and priorities, addressing local and broader issues affecting the District and building support for District initiatives, programs and short/long-range plans.
5. Human Resource Management: Superintendent incorporates best practices for human resource management and oversight, coordinating staffing, recruitment, and other human resource functions within the District.
6. Professionalism: Superintendent models professional decision-making processes and ethical standards consistent with the values of Pennsylvania's public education system as well as that of the local community. Superintendent additionally works to individually reflect upon her effectiveness within the role, and works to improve effectiveness through the use of professional development literature and activities.
The Brentwood Borough School District Board of Directors rated Dr. Burch on the six mutually agreed upon standards and assessed her performance as distinguished for the 17-18 school year.