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The Times
  • Utica, Little Falls only districts to submit teacher evals

  • The Utica City School District has joined Little Falls as the only districts from the area to submit their teacher evaluation system to the state.

    The State Education Department released the updated list of schools that have submitted their plans for the annual professional performance reviews for district teachers — a plan that was legally supposed to be submitted by July 1.

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  • The Utica City School District has joined Little Falls as the only districts from the area to submit their teacher evaluation system to the state.
    The State Education Department released the updated list of schools that have submitted their plans for the annual professional performance reviews for district teachers — a plan that was legally supposed to be submitted by July 1.
    Twenty-four additional school districts, including Utica, submitted their plans to the state since July 2 when the State Education Department reported only 164 of the approximately 700 districts around the state had met the legal deadline.
    The Little Falls City School District was the only area school that met that deadline.
    The controversial evaluation systems are tied to increases in state aid included in the state budget completed this spring. Districts have two deadlines, July 1 for submittal and January 2013 to have it approved in order to keep their part of the $805 million in additional school aid in this year’s budget.
    Local officials have said that while the July 1 was the legal deadline, they believe October is the latest a submission could be received, evaluated and approved before January deadline.
    Speaking during a meeting last week, Little Falls Board of Education President Scott Tooley recognized the district’s administrators, faculty and staff for making the submission on time.
    “A lot of work went into the development of the teacher evaluation system and it was good to see that Little Falls was among the 164 school districts who met the deadline,” he said. “I know everyone involved in the process will continue to work to ensure our district meets the January 2013 deadline. While it was great that Little Falls met the initial deadline, there is still more work to do.”
    Herkimer BOCES Superintendent Mark Vivacqua said he believed Herkimer County schools had their agreements settled with their unions and would have their documents submitted this summer, as the evaluation system is subject to the collective bargaining agreement with teachers’ unions.
    “(The state Education Department) has told us to make sure things get approved by the governor’s deadline, they really have to be in by October,” Vivacqua said. “I don’t know that any of our districts are concerned that they won’t have a plan submitted and approved.”
    Contributing: GateHouse News Service Staff Writer Rob Juteau
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