Danville Independent Schools Superintendent Carmen Coleman received top marks in her latest evaluation from the Board of Education.
Coleman, who has led Danville’s school district for three years, is truly an asset to local education, said Board of Education vice chairman Lonnie Harp during a special meeting Thursday.
Every year, board members in every district must complete a detailed superintendent evaluation process that is set by the Kentucky School Boards Association. Harp, chairwoman Jean Crowley, and board members Julie Erwin, Troy McCowan and Tim Montgomery first started evaluating Coleman in a June 11 executive session. They publicly released the results Thursday, with Crowley noting that Coleman received between “excellent” and “outstanding” in every area evaluated.
“It’s basically just an excellent report,” Harp said. “We couldn’t be happier to have Dr. Coleman with us.”
Coleman received her highest rankings, 3.9 out of a possible score of 4, in the areas of leadership and district culture as well as instructional leadership. Those fields are two out of the nine standards on which all Kentucky superintendents must be evaluated.
Board members also evaluated Coleman on district’s five goals of powerful learning experiences, global preparedness, ensuring growth for all, excellence in communication and an informed and involved community. Coleman received her highest ranking of 3.3 in global preparedness, which states that “every Danville student will be immersed each day in learning opportunities intentionally designed to develop skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, working in teams, and analyzing data, enabling them to complete globally.”
“The ratings were just about as high as you can get,” Harp said. “We all feel well beyond where we thought we’d be at this point.”
Coleman, who worked as director of elementary schools in Fayette County before moving to Danville, thanked the board for their support. She noted that recently she spoke to a group of school superintendents in West Virginia about Danville’s educational system.
“I shared Danville’s five district goals and they were all very interested in learning more about our goals,” Coleman said. “I was so proud.”