For Immediate Release: October 10, 2016

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


The Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education today issued Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham’s second formal evaluation, saying the superintendent has exceeded or met expectations in each of six performance categories.

“We thank Jen for her strong leadership of the district, which has been focused on gap-narrowing progress and has created positive momentum,” Board President James Howard said. “Jen is a strong leader, and we continue to feel positive about her ability to bring long-term systemic change through support for our students and staff.”

The superintendent’s evaluation process is modeled after the statewide evaluations that teachers and principals now participate in. 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 our board for their leadership, commitment to our students and support of our team as we do this work,” Cheatham said. “I look forward to continuing to build on our progress throughout our district.

See full evaluation.