School board members can talk about their superintendent in executive session without the public hearing.
But Rich Adler, vice president of the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board, said the public deserves to hear about Superintendent Dan Streeter’s evaluation.
The five board members, including those who did not run for re-election, participated in the process, which evaluates 58 items on the review.
“The board is unanimous in the opinion that Mr. Streeter is doing an excellent job as superintendent of HUSD,” Adler read from his summary at the Jan. 8 board meeting at Granville Elementary School. “Dan’s strengths include strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent collaboration with stakeholders and a willingness to make bold, but necessary choices.”
Comments from unnamed board members praised Streeter’s vision, focus, and consistent and clear messaging. He has been with the district for 10 years.
“Your expectation of excellence is not just something you have for your staff, but something you hold yourself to, and it shows.”
“Superintendent Streeter is a highly collaborative leader who welcomes many voices into the conversation when it comes to shaping the vision of HUSD.”
Following the reading of the summary, Streeter said with a laugh, “There’s nothing more uncomfortable than to have your evaluation read in a public setting.”
“I feel tremendously honored and privileged to work with this team. In my time with the district in the last 10 years, I can’t remember a better set of principals, teaching staff and support staff,” he said.
The board voted 4-0 to accept the evaluation, with newly-sworn member Corey Christians abstaining as he wasn’t part of the board during the past year.
The board then voted to grant one-half of the state-mandated performance pay, based on the evaluation, with the other half to be decided at the end of the school year.
Streeter said he would donate his performance pay to Hungry Kids. In the past, he has contributed his pay to this organization that helps feed students over the weekend, and to Big Brothers Big Sisters. After taxes, the $3,477 in pay will probably be close to $2,500 in donation, he said later.