From the Desk of Dr. Joel

From the Desk of Superintendent Dr. Derrick Joel….

December 5, 2017

We have entered the time of year when we face the months when Nebraska weather can be very unpredictable and cold! The decision to delay, cancel, or dismiss school early is usually a difficult one. When the forecast predicts wintry weather, as a student I remember the days of wishing for the coveted snow day, while at the same time parents are hoping school will be open as usual. Despite these opposing ideas, I am committed to the safety of our students, staff, and families as they travel to and from school and events.

When there is a change for the worse in weather conditions, I will communicate with school personnel and other superintendents in the area along with driving roads myself to determine what decision needs to be made. My intention will always be to make a decision as quickly and efficiently as possible to provide the necessary time for students and families to make the appropriate arrangements for child care.

If we find ourselves in a situation where school will start late, dismiss early, or be called off for the day, the alert will be sent by a pre-recorded phone call, text message, email from the district office, and posted to the school website. The message will also be broadcasted on the local news stations, primarily Channel 10/11.

I look forward to a fantastic winter and attending as many school activities as possible. If we have not had a chance to meet, please do not hesitate to catch me at an event to introduce yourself. Go Mustangs!

November 7, 2017

As the new superintendent for Raymond Central Public Schools, I am required to be evaluated by the Raymond Central Board of Education (BOE).  My contract requires two evaluations during my first year of service.  The BOE is interested in using a different format to accomplish this task and will be seeking input from a variety of stakeholders within the district.  The evaluation model selected by the BOE is called a 360 Degree Evaluation.  We are working collaboratively with the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) to accomplish this task.  Brief surveys are being developed to disseminate to various stakeholder groups thus allowing administrators, staff, students and community a pivotal role in the process.  Surveys will be distributed by NASB to randomly selected participants to capture performance data using an instrument called Survey Monkey.  All survey data will be complied by NASB and then shared with Raymond Central BOE and me.  It is our hope that this new process will provide me with constructive feedback relating to my goals and performance as I begin my tenure with the district.  Keeping the process open and transparent is important to me as well.  We will follow-up with the process again in the spring, hopefully noting growth in areas that need improvement.  Also look for posts on the RC website regarding the process.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the superintendent’s office at 402-785-2615 or email Board President Dr. Harriet Gould, drhgould@gmail.com.