Janssen was 'really hurt' by board evaluation, she says
Pinellas County school superintendent Julie Janssen said she was "really hurt" by school board members' latest evaluation of her performance, released last week.
In eight of nine categories, Janssen got lower marks than she did in the board's first evaluations from January, slipping a half-point on a five-point scale. The drop was steepest in human resources management, an area that concerned the board in part due to her decision to stick by an embattled administrator in that department.
"If I want to be emotional, I can say I was really hurt," Janssen said, speaking to the St. Petersburg Times editorial board last week "But I have to sit back and say what is it?"
Janssen said board members didn't meet with her to go over the questions in her evaluation prior to rating her and submitting their responses. The superintendent said that her contract calls for such pre-evaluation meetings. She said board members Peggy O'Shea and Robin Wikle, did meet with her one-on-one, but that was after they completed their evaluations.
The school chief said she was particularly interested in meeting one-on-one with board chairwoman Janet Clark, whose comments in the above-linked St. Petersburg Times report indicated extreme disappointment over how Janssen handled issues in the human resources department.
"I'm going to go forward and do a better job," Janssen said, "once I figure out what they want from me."