RC board gives superintendent positive evaluation

ROGERS CITY – The superintendent of Rogers City Area Schools has received another positive evaluation, and likely will get a new contract extension.

Katy Xenakis-Makowski scored well on a new state-mandated system of evaluations, board President Michael Marx said. She was ranked in eight categories, each of which had several subcategories, on a scale of one to four. A score of one would’ve meant she failed to meet board members’ expectations, while a score of four would’ve indicated she exceeded them. Overall, her average score was 3.57.

Now, Marx has been appointed by the board to negotiate a contract extension with Xenakis-Makowski. The board typically recognizes a superintendent’s positive review by adding another year to his or her contract. If extended, Xenakis-Makowski’s will expire in three years.

“The board feels she’s doing an excellent job,” Marx said. “The board and her work well as a team.”

Xenakis-Makowski has received positive reviews consistently since taking on the role of superintendent in July 2011. She’s been with the district since 2009, and continues to serve as elementary school principal.

While the board previously had come up with its own reviews, it must now use one formulated by the state, Marx said. There were a few areas where it would be difficult for the administrator of a smaller district to “exceed” a board member’s expectations. Xenakis-Makowski is the sole district employee for some programs, but board members still were asked to rank how well she managed other employees in those programs.

Despite these minor concerns, Xenakis-Makowski said she considers her rating through the new method a good vote of confidence from board members.

“I appreciate the recognition for my hard work,” she said. “While we used a new tool that was lacking in some areas and had greater depth in others, it’s a good tool to build off of for future evaluations.”

In other business:

  • board members elected officer positions in an organizational meeting held ahead of the regular one. Marx will serve another term as president, with Lee Gapczynski serving as vice president. John Krajenta will serve as secretary, Bryan Hall as treasurer and Cory Budnick assistant secretary/treasurer.
  • board members disclosed their ties to local business, and acknowledged the district wishes to continue doing business with these businesses. Budnick disclosed she owns Cory Budnick State Farm Insurance Agency, Gapczynski is on the board of directors for Huron National Bank and owns Lee’s Ready Mix Concrete, Deedra Haselhuhn owns Curves of Rogers City, and Marx is president-partner of Zgorski-Micketti Plumbing Inc.
  • the proposed renovation and replacement of the high school/middle school exterior, windows, thermostat system and other areas now has a project manager. Board members unanimously picked Integrity Design to handle the work approved at their December meeting.
  • board members approved hiring Anne Kosaira and Annette Vogelheim as paraprofessionals for the district’s new after-school homework help program. Xenakis-Makowski told board members attendance is off to a good start, and she expects it to increase in the future. They hired Marvin Bruski and Dawn Redfield as substitute bus drivers.

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