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.