The Rockford Board of Education issues the following summary of Superintendent Dr. Shibler’s performance evaluation, conducted on Monday, March 14, 2011:
This year, Dr. Shibler will complete his 22nd year as Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools. As in previous years, Dr. Shibler received an excellent evaluation from the Board of Trustees continuing his professional and exemplary leadership of the district. Dr. Shibler is committed to the continuous improvement of the Rockford Public Schools (RPS). Evidence of this includes his continuing leadership in creating and implementing the district’s strategic plan. This year the district completes RAMS VII and begins work on RAMS VIII. RAMS VIII will represent the eighth three-year strategic plan during his 22 years. Other examples include the Education YES! grades for the district of all A’s for the sixth straight year, AdvancED District Accreditation for the entire district, and continuing efforts as chair of the KISD Grass Roots Network.
Dr. Shibler has continued as a leader and vocal advocate for K12 education locally, statewide and nationally. His leadership is sought out and highly valued in education circles, as well as by the media, the legislature, and other external sources. He is a tireless advocate for RPS and public education.
Dr. Shibler’s leadership and management skills are results-oriented and his team has performed well during a challenging economic and budget environment. Teachers, staff and administrators perform at a high level under his leadership. He continues to focus on the district’s vision in providing an opportunity for a high quality education in the district for all students. He is an excellent leader and manager.
Dr. Shibler has developed excellent professional relationships both inside and outside the district. He continues to lead teachers, staff and administrators to continuous quality improvement despite flat and sometimes reduced funding from the State of Michigan. While he advocates for equitable funding, he does not use lack of funding as an excuse for performance, instead focusing on continuous improvement throughout the district.
Dr. Shibler possesses excellent personal qualities that help make RPS a great district. The Board once again noted his honesty, passion and confidence, noting that his honesty and integrity serve the district well in any environment, but especially the current environment. Dr. Shibler has formed close relationships with business, community and the legislature through his tireless efforts above and beyond the duties of his position.
The Board values and enjoys working with Dr. Shibler and his continued leadership of the district. The district’s reputation is excellent, but continues to grow and thrive under his leadership. He is a significant asset to the district and the Rockford community. He continues to maintain high standards for the district contributing to a community as a place people choose to live because of the quality of our academic offerings and opportunities.
Dr. Shibler is an outstanding superintendent and we are fortunate and thankful for his leadership. His performance would ordinarily merit consideration for an increase in salary or benefits, but in recognition of the current budget climate for the district and the state, Dr. Shibler refused any consideration at this time for an increase in compensation.
The Board of Education unanimously supports the extension of Dr. Shibler’s contract for an additional year, taking it through the 2015-2016 school year.