Per­for­mance bonus

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Carstarphen, who is paid a base salary of $275,000, is on track to re­ceive at least part of a $47,500 bonus for achiev­ing spe­cific goals, in­clud­ing:

Cre­at­ing a strate­gic plan. The board ap­proved her five-year vi­sion for the district in De­cem­ber.

Build­ing lead­er­ship within the district. Carstarphen hired Chief Per­for­mance Of­fi­cer Bill Car­itj and Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer Ni­cole Con­ley-Abram, who bal­anced the 2009-10 bud­get and saved the district more than $3 mil­lion by suc­cess­fully rec­om­mend­ing that the district be­come self-in­sured for health ben­e­fits.

In­creas­ing the num­ber of rec­og­nized and ex­em­plary schools, the top two rat­ings awarded un­der the state’s school ac­count­abil­ity sys­tem. Based on early data, the district ex­pects to have 69 highly rated cam­puses, up from 54 in 2009.

Im­prov­ing aca­demic per­for­mance at Rea­gan High and Pearce and Gar­cia mid­dle schools. Early data show those schools hit state tar­gets this year af­ter years of fail­ing to do so. Dis­trictwide, it prob­a­bly will be the first time since the TAKS was first ad­min­is­tered in 2003 that all but one school meet the state stan­dards.

Meet­ing fed­eral ac­count­abil­ity stan­dards in all ar­eas. Al­though of­fi­cial re­sults aren’t due un­til Au­gust, Carstarphen told trustees in late June that it ap­pears the district missed fed­eral stan­dards for spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, read­ing and math, the same re­sult as last year.

The board will meet in Au­gust to de­ter­mine whether she has suc­cess­fully ac­com­plished these goals.

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