The annual performance review for Hartford's Superintendent of Schools is out and it is not a pretty picture. Issues of poor management, lack of planning and the large number of principals that have walked away from Hartford all appear to be major concerns related to Kishimoto's performance as the Board of Education sees it. As you read the report, ask yourself what other profession would be proud of their results if they were failing two-thirds of their clients.
In Hartford's Schools, roughly one- third of the high school students actually make it to graduation. Those numbers have increased in recent years but primarily because Magnet Schools have been thrown into the average. It would be interesting to know the percentage of students from Weaver, Bulkeley and Hartford High that actually make it to graduation.
Here is the report:
Superintendent Kishimoto evaluation
In reponse to her review, Kishimoto fired off the following letter to Board Chair Matt Poland:
Kishimotos letter was met with the following e-mail response by Board Chair Poland.
Dear Dr. Kishimoto:
Thank you for your response to your performance evaluation.
I want to point out that the Board is not interested in engaging in a “political debate” that does not exist. However, we are interested in engaging you in the work that we must do together to ensure academic and career success for all of our students.
Thank you for the initial steps that you and your administration will take to begin the journey to build a confident and trusting relationship with the Board. While frameworks for communicating with the Board are important, alone or unilaterally, they will not solve the problems we face. The Leadership Committee of the Board will work with you to build a more substantive approach that is sustainable.
And finally, since we are all student-centered, fortunately we have a foundation upon which we can move forward.
Matthew K. Poland
Hartford Board of Education