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School board president wants community input on job performance of Lorain School CEO's

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    Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy ad School Board President Mark Ballard

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LORAIN — The Lorain school board president is conducting a survey to seek opinions on what the community thinks of CEO David Hardy’s job performance in the past 20 months.

Mark Ballard sent out his anonymous survey Monday. That came a week after new Academic Distress Commission Chairman Randall Sampson, who lives in Columbus and attended his first commission meeting last week after his Feb. 26 appointment, announced he would handle Hardy’s evaluations for the past two years as former Commission Chairman Tony Richardson never completed the CEO’s required evaluations.

Ballard used Sampson’s evaluation rubric to devise the survey.

“Our CEO has been on the job for 20 months,” Ballard said Monday evening. “(House Bill 70) mandates that the ADC evaluate the CEO after his first 180 days in the position, again after 365 days, and yearly thereafter — illustrating the startling continued inaction and dereliction of duties of our ADC.”

Ballard’s roughly 15-question survey asks respondents to score Hardy’s performance as CEO, his leadership ability and confidence in his spending priorities from poor to excellent. There is an option for no opinion.

In an extended response, it asks what Hardy has done well, what he needs to improve on and for an impression of what state control has done to the district.

Respondents are then asked their relationship to the district: student, parent, community organization or other, and input on other criteria including culture and climate in the district and supports for students inside and outside buildings.

Ballard said the survey is “consistent” with the community engagement portions outlined in HB 70, and expects the Ohio Department of Education to “embrace” the initiative in gathering feedback.

“As parents, staff members, students and community members, it is our hope that our comprehensive input — using the same evaluative criteria the ADC chair shared in his recent email to the community — will bring our new chair up to speed quickly, for there is too much at risk, and we cannot continue to delay action,” Ballard said.

The survey will be available through Monday, and results will be made public so that “decision-makers in Columbus have the information they need to complete their evaluation of Lorain’s CEO.”

Ballard sent a link to the survey to school board members, union leaders, media outlets, heads of teacher and community groups, state legislators and the Ohio Department of Education. He also shared it on Facebook.

Anyone in the Lorain Schools community can take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Hardyjobevalsurvey.

 Contact Carissa Woytach at 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.


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