Catholic board looking at self-evaluation

At its first meeting of the new year, the Northwest Catholic District School Board tonight will look at different methods of self-evaluation to gauge the success of the board in meeting its goals and to encourage discussion.
“We are not interested in a report card as much as we are in wanting to involve ourselves in a process that will help us to maintain and improve the quality of our work,” the board said in an introduction to the self-evaluation package.
“This process is not about yesterday; it’s about tomorrow,” it added.
Trustees will be presented with three different self-evaluation forms and asked to choose one.
“It will help to improve communication among board members, foster reflection, and help the board to look towards the future,” the report read.
“All of this, in turn, helps the board to better serve its constituents.”^Trustees also will be presented with a performance appraisal instrument for the director of education.
“It is not intended to be a scientific tool,” the report read. “It is intended to facilitate discussion about, and to help broaden the understanding of, the board’s expectations of the director.”^Also at tonight’s meeting, the board will review its audited financial statements for 2002-03.
According to the reports compiled by BDO Dunwoody, the board is expected to be in compliance with Ministry of Education standards regarding school board expenditures.
The 2003 Director’s Annual Report also will be reviewed at tonight’s meeting.
This will include the progress of the ongoing implementation of the board’s strategic plan to promote a Catholic education system based on Gospel values as well as to ensure quality programs and services for students.
Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the board office adjacent to St. Francis School.