For Immediate Release: August 25, 2014

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson, (608) 663-1903

The Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education today issued Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham’s first evaluation, saying the superintendent has exceeded expectations in her leadership of the district.

“The evaluation of the superintendent is one of the board’s most important responsibilities. We are pleased with Jen’s leadership and how much has been accomplished this year,” Board President Arlene Silveira said. “We look forward to continuing to work with Jen and our entire district team to continue to move in the right direction.”

The board and superintendent modeled the evaluation process after the new statewide evaluations that teachers and principals will begin to participate in this school year. The board also gave informal feedback to the superintendent at each of its quarterly retreats throughout the year.

The board considered the superintendent’s performance on a set of key competencies that included board/superintendent relations, organizational climate and culture, instructional leadership, budget/operations management, talent performance and management and school/community relations.

“I’d like to thank the board for their support and feedback throughout the year,” Cheatham said. “The board has set a clear vision, and I look forward to working with them to bring this vision to life in MMSD.”