The Board of Education has completed its annual evaluation of Juneau’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Bridget Weiss. The evaluation covers the period of July 2020 through June 2021. At a public meeting held on August 10, 2021, the Board approved the evaluation along with a contract extension to June 30, 2024.
The Board of Education evaluates the Superintendent’s performance annually to provide the District with the best possible leadership. As part of the process, the Board of Education invites and considers written feedback from staff and the community. The Board members review goals, meet personally with the Superintendent, and complete a formal evaluation. This year’s evaluation was completed during three executive sessions held during June 2021.
Board members commended Dr. Weiss for her leadership, dedication, and flexibility as she navigated the Juneau School District through the innumerable challenges that COVID-19 has presented. She demonstrated commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff, and the community.
Board President Elizabeth Siddon says, “The Board is grateful for Dr. Weiss’s leadership and for the incredible team of administrators and staff that steered us through this year. From the rapid response of the food service program at the very beginning of the pandemic to summer school planning and implementation, COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of the Juneau School District. Dr. Weiss has demonstrated balance and consistency in her leadership. She has been a fervent advocate for students and educators with a recognition of the many important community partnerships that support our schools .”
2021/2022 Superintendent Priorities:
The Board and Superintendent identified priorities for the 2021/2022 school year. The priorities are based on the current Strategic Plan for the District, with specific areas highlighted within Achievement, Equity, Relationships, and Partnerships. Two examples of priorities for the 2021/2022 school year include:
1. Increase the number of students reading at grade level by 3rd grade
2. Increase Kindergarten readiness through community partnerships supporting early education.
Dr. Weiss heads one of Juneau’s largest employers and the fifth-largest school district in Alaska. The Juneau School District has over 4,380 students from preschool through 12th grade and a full-time staff of about 685 employees. The District’s operating budget is $72 million. Dr. Weiss has been with the District since 2014, and in the role of Superintendent since August 2018.