Temporary sup lists Coupeville School District goals

From examining the math program to implementing a new evaluation system, Karen Koschak has a lot to complete as the temporary head of the Coupeville School District.

Koschak said staff has to look at how the school district’s curriculum meets national core standards, continue implementing a new evaluation system for teachers and principals and continue updating the district’s computers and technology. That update is possible using levy dollars Central Whidbey voters recently approved.

She was named interim superintendent for the Central Whidbey school district and started her position at the beginning of July. She will serve in the district for one year until a permanent replacement takes over.

New core standards will be published this month and the staff has to examine how the district’s current standards stack up.

Koschak said she is concerned that the district’s math materials, which are 10 years old, might be out of date. The curriculum has to be compared with new standards and then it has to be decided whether it is best to buy supplementary materials or look at adopting a new math program.

Koschak said the school district will continue implementing the new principal/teacher evaluation system, which is a process that started last school year and has to be fully implemented in 2013.

She said the current evaluation system didn’t provide feedback or a way for teachers to grow. The proposed system provides a more in-depth evaluation that touches upon test scores, prep time, community involvement, staff collaboration and participation in training.

The Coupeville School District is starting the second year of a four-year tech levy that voters approved. She said additional computers labs will be installed and training will be offered to teachers and staff. She added that it is time to examine how to incorporate tablets into the classroom. Tablets are affordable, easy to use, interactive and individualized computers.

Koschak, who recently retired after being superintendent of the Granite Falls School District, said she wants to provide continuity for the school district during the year.

She said she isn’t interested in a permanent job. She was cajoled out of retirement to take the interim position because of Coupeville’s reputation.

“I didn’t have any intention of coming out of retirement, but Coupeville is such a wonderful district,” Koschak said.

School leaders did try to find a permanent replacement last spring after many other superintendent vacancies had already been filled. The school board decided against offering the position to any of the three finalists.

Koschak said her goal is to provide continuity between former superintendent Patty Page and the next superintendent. She hopes the school district will be able to get a head start on a new search next school year.


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