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From the Superintendent

Superintendent Report
February 14, 2018

Dear D9 Community,

Research tells us that school principals are second only to classroom teachers on impacting student success.  In fact 25% of student success depends on school leadership.  In order for students to be more successful, supervision and evaluation are two important tasks that all administrators, especially building principals, must perform at a high level so that our classroom teachers are supported and continuously improving.

It stands to reason then, that the administrative team supports each other’s continuous growth in supervision and evaluation.   Administrators are the only employees in the district trained and licensed by the state of Oregon to do this very important work of supervising and evaluating teachers, the single most important factor in a student’s learning.

As the evaluation season approaches (supervision is ongoing), it’s fitting that the process begins with you, the Board of Directors, evaluating me, the Superintendent, the Board’s one and only employee.  A key difference in the superintendent’s evaluation and all other employee evaluations in the district, is that mine is the only evaluation that is public.  As such, the Board’s evaluation of me sends an important message to the public about the state of the school district, including you, the Board of Directors.

It is also important to note that the Board and Superintendent are leading the way in Oregon by continuing to implement a 360 evaluation system allowing significantly more input from administrators, teachers, other employees, community, business partners and as of this year, students.   Many of these folks work significantly closer with the Superintendent than the Board of Directors and thus have an important voice to be heard in the Superintendent’s evaluation.  This year, 150 requests for feedback were sent to this group with a return rate of 54%.  

In reflecting on the Superintendent’s work for January, through the Four Characteristics of Improved School Districts  1. effective leadership   2. quality teaching and learning  3. support for system-wide improvement  4. clear and collaborative relationships , highlights were:

  • Weekly district office “stand up” meetings.  (1,3,4)
  • Writing a letter of recommendation for EPHS senior applying to Cornell University, former employees, and Rogue Community Health.  (1,4)
  • Business Education Partnership meeting with Jim Fong.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meeting with parent regarding inter-district transfer.  (1,4)
  • Meeting with Apple partner, Steve Nelson to review our progress and determine next steps.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Reviewing this year’s audit report with the auditors, board, and cabinet.  (1,3,4)
  • D9 Foundation meeting to prepare for a restart.  (1,4)
  • D9 Foundation gathering at Eagle Point Golf Club.  (1,4)
  • Customer service kick-off campaign at District Leadership Team (DLT) meeting.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Superintendent Association meeting.  (1,4)
  • Monthly check ins  with new directors.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meeting with Gary Flame Taylor from the YMCA to discuss outdoor school.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Cabinet retreat to plan for finishing strong this year and starting strong next year.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Visit to Canby High School to see their Applied Technology Center.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Apple invitation and visit to Tigard/Tualatin to meet and listen to Dr. John Landis, an innovative leader on 21st century technology.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Administrative focus walks at EPHS, EPMS, and WMMS to calibrate and improve leadership knowledge and practice of effective instruction.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Collaboration with EPEA representative Gail Kauffman.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Conversation with OSBA Peggy Stock to assist a community college president.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Preparation for superintendent evaluation.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Safe schools online training.  (3)
  • Coaching and mentoring district administrators and future administrators.  (1,2,3,4)

Continuous improvement, starting with the Board of Directors and the Superintendent, is the key to improving the entire system for our students.  Supervision and evaluation is a major part of continuous improvement.  Expecting professionals to grow and learn, starting with us, so that there is a great teacher in every classroom for every student is the path we are on in EPSD9.  We are making significant progress!



Superintendent Report February 2018

Superintendent Report January 2018

Superintendent Report December 2017



Cynda S. Rickert
Jackson County School District 9 - Eagle Point

541-830-6200 (fax)


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