FWCS: iPads for Students and Supt. Evaluation Process

By Maureen Mespell
By Rachel Martin

June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Big changes for FWCS: the superintendent will now be evaluated just like teachers and students can expect iPads for next fall.

The Fort Wayne Community School Board approved both issues Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson will now be evaluated and compensated based on performance, just like teachers in the district.

The process requires that the superintendent set official goals and give quarterly reports on her progress. If the School Board feels those goals have been met, the superintendent is eligible for a 0-5 percent annual raise, and a 0-25 percent annual incentive bonus.

In September 2011, Dr. Robinson received a $20,000 raise for the 2010-11 school year, making her base pay $180,000 a year. She was also awarded a $15,000 bonus for district-wide academic improvement. Board members say Dr. Robinson is among the top paid superintendents in the state. Mark GiaQuinta, School Board President, that’s because Dr. has more responsibility than other county school leaders.

“You're talking about districts that have 6,000 students compared to one that has 31,000 students. You're talking about districts that have fewer than 25 percent of the employees that she manages. You're talking about Superintendents that have a fraction of the buildings we have to maintain. So it’s not the same job,” said GiaQuinta.

The evaluation process will begin by the end of July. Results for the evaluation should be released every September.

The School Board also approved implementing Apple iPads for middle and high school students Monday night. FWCS will purchase 2,490 iPads, 900 for middle school students and 1,590 for high school. The iPads will be put on carts called “Mobile Learning Labs,” where the iPads will be stored, charged, and synced. Each cart holds 30 iPads, and FWCS plans to buy 83 of them—30 for the middle schools and 53 for high school.

The iPads will cost $1,234,874 and will be paid for using the Common School Fund, School Technology Advancement Account and Title I. Students can expect to use the iPads by October of this year.

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