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Boston Schools Leader Gets Mixed Performance Review

A recent performance review of Boston Superintendent Carol R. Johnson turned up discontent with her performance in several areas, according to The Boston Globe, which obtained the report through a public records request.

From the article:

The evaluation, conducted Jan. 31 at a School Committee retreat and obtained by the Globe this week under a public records request, highlighted Johnson's difficulties in addressing several highly charged issues.

Chief among the concerns: her slowness in fixing chronically late buses, causing a frustrated Mayor Thomas M. Menino to directly intervene; and her ill-fated proposal to relocate Boston Latin Academy last summer and a subsequent replacement plan that expands and changes the location of several popular schools, which has generated mixed reactions among parents and students.

The facilities plan remains contentious, as the City Council deliberates on an $18.6 million loan order to pay for the changes.

Johnson received good marks in other areas, most notably for aligning the annual operating budget to academic priorities and developing positive relationships with government officials and outside organizations. At least two members said her performance merited a bonus.

The 57,000-student district has been led by Johnson since August 2007. She was previously superintendent in Memphis. Her contract was extended last year through June 2015.

The review, which gave Johnson a score of 2.87 on a four-point scale (where four is the lowest score) is in contrast to previous reviews, where her scores were 1.8, 2.1 and 2.0, respectively. But the article indicated that the committee still remains committed to Johnson's leadership.

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