Despite awarding their director of schools a slightly lower evaluation score than last year, the Metro Nashville School Board praised Jesse Register’s efforts leading the district over much of the last calendar year. In a joint evaluation using a 5-point scale, the board awarded him a 3.68. While the score slipped from years past, this evaluation for the first time factored in student and system performance. The year before he earned a 3.93.
The school board also unanimously approved the beginning plans to reconfigure Ross Elementary School in East Nashville and Bordeaux Elementary School in North Nashville as pre-K hubs. The approval, which included reassigning students zoned to those schools, is part of Register’s plan to eventually make pre-K accessible and free to all 4-year-olds in Davidson County. The next phase of the plan would create an additional 260 seats in the next school year to the tune of $1.9 million with plans in the works for a third but smaller pre-K hub in South Nashville which would add to the price tag. The board will go before Metro government later this spring and plans to include the pre-K expansion in its budget plan, although Mayor Karl Dean has warned schools won’t get a blank check this year.
The school board also heard the latest draft of plans to restructure the district’s pay scale to tie teachers’ salary closer to student test scores and reduce what advanced degrees the district will pay teachers more for. Additionally, MNPS pitched a plan to the school board saying it will look to inform parents about various student surveys taken at schools after middle school parents complained their children were asked questions about their alcohol and drug use, as well as whether they had been bullied for their sexuality.
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