Pye commended for job well done

  • Thursday, August 29, 2013


Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees has completed the annual evaluation of Superintendent Joe Pye and reported the results at its Monday board
The Board rated Pye’s job performance for 2012-2013 as “Exceeds Expectations.” Board Chairman Gail Hughes summarized the superintendent’s evaluation in a prepared letter.  As a part of the evaluation process, each board member met individually with Pye to discuss his job performance and his progress in meeting annual goals and objectives. Board members shared their views on the superintendent’s job performance and identified specific strengths and areas that needed continued focus. 
As a result of the Superintendent’s favorable evaluation for the 2012-2013 school year, the Board voted to extend his contract for an additional year or until June 30, 2016 with the current contractual terms remaining in effect. 
The board letter stated:
Dear Mr. Pye,
The Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees has recently discussed your job performance for the 2012-2013 school year. Each board member had the opportunity of meeting with you privately then we met as a board to share our feelings.
The board made reference to the duties that were applicable to your position as Superintendent. Those duties were communications, community relations, board relations, budget, instructional leadership, and academic achievement.
The board wishes to commend you for the instructional leadership you provided to the district for the 2012-2013 school year. Your demand for excellence to meet annual goals and objectives has become a trademark in our district and throughout the state.
The board also would like you to know that we are extremely pleased with the strong administrative staff you have built at the district level, as well as the appointment of highly qualified administrative teams at each one of our schools.
Specific examples that have resulted from your strong instructional leadership were:
 (1) two school being selected as Palmetto’s Finest,
 (2) received permission from the State Department of Education to implement a reading program on a secondary level as well as the waiver to implement the ACT program/testing for our district, and
 (3) develop a detailed district technology plan and begin it’s implementation.
We feel your strongest job performance came in the area of academic achievement that resulted in all areas being exemplary.
We commend you on implementing and strengthening programs that have increased our graduation rate. You were able to do this while maintaining the very minimum of an operational budget while still providing a quality learning experience for every child.
Finally, your support and leadership in creating an atmosphere to insure the bond referendums success was impressive.
The Board of Trustees feels a need to make recommendations for improvements in the area of communications and board relations. It is our hope that you will continue to look for ways to strengthen trust and ongoing communications with the board and our community.
We look forward to another school year under your leadership. Because your annual evaluation for the 2012-2013 school year has been favorable, the Board voted to extend your contract for an additional year or until June 30, 2016 with the current contractual terms remaining in effect. 
We appreciate the leadership, dedication, commitment, loyalty and energy you continue to give.
Pye is in his 14th year as Superintendent of Dorchester School District Two, having worked as an educator in the district for more than 40 years. 
Board members heaped praise on Pye Monday.
Board Chair Gail Hughes said “We believe in you, we will be there to support you in whatever you need…”
Board member Tanya Robinson noted she has known Pye for 30 years since she was a young mother.
“You were a little North Charleston boy,” she said, “who grew up to be a Summerville giant.”

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