INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Indian River County School District Superintendent Harry La Cava will stick around as the district’s leader for another year, the School Board unanimously decided Tuesday night.
Without discussion, the School Board approved the superintendent’s evaluation summary – a compilation of their individual evaluations of La Cava, which gave him a 7.7 out of a perfect 10.
The score is in keeping with La Cava’s performance over the last two years, which were 7.6 and 7.9 – “above expectations.”
On the heels of approving the evaluation, the School Board also unanimously approved La Cava’s contract, affirming that his contract will expire on June 30, 2011.
The School Board members did not discuss or debate La Cava’s contract, though member Claudia Jimenez asked when the time would be for them to discuss La Cava’s expected retirement as part of the state’s Deferred Retirement Option Program.
La Cava enrolled in the program, which deferred his retirement for five years. That fifth year ends with his contract in 2011 and would require him to be retired for six months before going back to work at the Indian River County School District – if the School Board were to rehire him.
“It’s a personal matter,” Board Chairwoman Karen Disney-Brombach told the board, explaining that La Cava’s retirement situation would become public when and if La Cava chose to make it so.
“The vote here is quite clear to me,” La Cava said. “The contract ends June 30, 2011.”
La Cava, at the prodding of Board member Carol Johnson, told the board that he has turned down bonuses and benefits over the last two years that he is entitled to under his contract.
He has not accepted $18,000 he is entitled to for having completed Florida’s superintendent certification. La Cava has also turned down his annual performance bonus over the last two years and said he would do the same again this year. This year’s bonus would have been $24,750.
The superintendent also declined to accept half his car allowance – a dollar amount was not attached to the allowance.
Evalutaion Rating Scale*
1-2 points: Well Below Expectations
3-4 points: Below Expectations
5-6 points: Meets Expectations
7-8 points: Above Expectations
9-10 points: Well Above Expectations
Superintendent La Cava’s evaluation by the numbers*:
Maximum points per evaluation: 150
Maximum total points: 750
Average evaluation score: 118.6
Average points scored: 7.6 – Rank “Above Expectations”
Highest individual evaluation: 130 – Carol Johnson
Lowest individual evaluation: 96 – Claudia Jimenez
Highest Marks: 10 points – Integrity (2x) and Leadership/Independence
Lowest Marks: 5 points – Impact/Rapport Building (2x); Communication (2x); and Oral Fact Finding.
Superintendent La Cava’s evaluation by the Board Member*:
Chairwoman Karen Disney-Brombach
Total score: 120/150
Average points: 8
Highest mark: 10 in Integrity
Lowest mark: 6 in Communication
Vice Chairwoman Carol Johnson
Total score: 130/150
Average points: 8.7
Highest mark: 9 points in 10 categories
Lowest mark: 7 in Impact/Rapport Building; Communication
Total score: 103/150
Average points: 6.9
Highest mark: 9 in Technical/Professional Knowledge
Lowest mark: 5 in Impact/Rapport Building; Communication
Total score: 96/150
Average points.: 6
Highest mark: 7 points in 9 categories
Lowest mark: 5 in Impact/Rapport Building; Communication; Oral Fact Finding
Total score: 124/150
Average points: 8
Highest mark: 10 – Integrity; Leadership/Independence
Lowest mark: 7 in 5 categories
*Source: Indian River County School District