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School board begins director's evaluation
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The DeKalb County Board of Education began the yearly evaluation of Director of Schools Mark Willoughby’s performance with a Monday night workshop.


Members of the board were issued an evaluation form consisting of 60 evaluation questions, including their opinion of his performance in areas including his relationship with the board, staff and community, his handling of business and finance, and personal qualities. According to Willoughby’s contract, the board has until Jan. 31 to complete the evaluation.


Five of the seven members of the board have not yet been in office for five months, and are facing their first evaluation of the director. Plans are for the members to meet with him on an individual basis throughout the week to ask any questions they might have of the director. All board members except Kate Miller were in attendance at the workshop.


The four-page evaluation form requires members to rate Willoughby’s performance on a scale of 1-5 (plus an asterisk) in each of 60 areas listed. A rating of 1 means he is rated "Consistently Below Expectations," 2 “Meets Few Expectations” 3, “Meets Some Expectations,” 4 “Meets Most Expectations,” and a 5 rating "Meets All Expectations."  An asterisk symbol means he "Exceeds


Willoughby's has served in the position since 2006, and his current contract expires on June 30, 2017.