TUSD leader scores 75%

Pedicone will donate $16,000 bonus based on his performance
2013-06-27T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T08:48:45Z TUSD leader scores 75%Alexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone was awarded a $16,000 bonus that he plans to donate to the Educational Enrichment Foundation, which supports TUSD students and teachers.

The bonus was approved unanimously by the TUSD Governing Board on Tuesday night because Pedicone achieved 75 percent of the goals laid out for him last school year. Pedicone announced his resignation in March.

Pedicone's last official day is Friday and his successor, H.T. Sanchez, plans to start Monday.

Sanchez has not yet signed a contract with TUSD, but the Governing Board is expected to vote on it at a special meeting today.

Pedicone has indicated he may stay on board for a short period of time to assist with the transition.

Pedicone was eligible for a total of $22,000 but received 75 percent of that - $16,489. The money is built into his contract but is withheld each year pending an evaluation by the Governing Board.

Pedicone was graded in seven areas, each of which carry different weights: achievement (25 percent), student enrollment (15 percent), customer service (15 percent), desegregation (15 percent), school master plan (15 percent), transportation (10 percent) and grants (5 percent).

The expectations in the achievement category included: increasing passing rates in reading, writing and math; reducing the number of "D" schools; increasing "A" and "B" schools; improving the overall culture and performance at turnaround schools; and reducing the district's enrollment decline.

Pedicone scored highest in transportation, grants and the school master plan, earning marks of 90 percent or higher. While he scored much lower in achievement - meeting 65 percent of the goals -the outgoing superintendent was not disappointed.

"When you get a percentage and that percentage is less than 100 percent, it doesn't mean that you've failed as the leader," Pedicone said. "It means that you set aggressive goals."

He encouraged the board to continue to set extremely high and difficult-to-reach goals with the incoming superintendent.

TUSD Governing Board President Adelita Grijalva agreed, saying "I think the goals were really aggressive. I think we did that on purpose … I think overall, as a result, we're really happy with the progress the district has made."

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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