WCSD superintendent says no to possible bonus

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE 12/20/2016:
Washoe Schools Superintendent Traci Davis is asking the Board of Trustees not to discuss a performance bonus for her at its December 20 meeting, in which capital spending will be discussed.

In a statement, Davis said, "The Board will be discussing possible approval of my performance bonus. At this time, I do not believe it would be prudent to accept a performance bonus. I would rather we spend our energy and focus on building schools and moving the District forward as we continue to improve out outcomes for every child, by name and face, to graduation. Therefore, I will be respectfully recommending the item is not discussed for this evaluation period."


The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees approved an evaluation for Superintendent Traci Davis Tuesday night.

The six-part evaluation from a Chapel Hill firm highlights some of Davis’s strengths and weaknesses from the 2015-2016 school year. The board acknowledged that graduation rates are up, special education services are expanding and WC-1 passed in November.

The weaknesses were presented as opportunities for Davis.

"If there is an individual in the world that doesn’t think that they need growth, then that would be a problem, right? We expect our students to grow, we expect our teachers to grow, we expect our administrators to grow, we expect our district staff to grow, we expect our superintendent to grow, and we expect our board to grow," Davis said.

Some of the suggestions including creating a more collaborative budget planning process and a more unified external message.

One board member also suggested Davis delegate more.

"I think the toughest thing in the world for anyone who's in that kind of a position is recognizing you can only do so much and then someone's got to come along and help, because otherwise you're going to burn out and you're going to hurt yourself," Board Member Howard Rosenberg said.

There was one public comment from a parent, but it had limited relevance to the evaluation process.

The board unanimously approved the evaluation, with the caveat that Davis can submit a response to certain statements.

"I will have an opportunity to submit a document to render evidence where sometimes a board member might have didn't even know, versus it was their opinion and I can actually prove otherwise," Davis said.

Overall, the superintendent is hopeful for the future.

"We are better today than we were yesterday and we will continue to improve tomorrow and into infinity," Davis said. Her biggest goal is a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.