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Glaze lauded by board in evaluation
Superintendent receives three-year contract extension
La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze has received two thumbs up on his job performance review from the school board.
The La Grande superintendent was praised Wednesday in a letter from the school board summarizing its critique of his job performance. The letter was read at Wednesday’s board meeting by board chair Joe Justice.
“Through your professionalism, leadership and diligence you have continued to be a positive and progressive educational leader for the La Grande School District. Your attention to ongoing board goals, along with legal and policy issues are appreciated and commended,” Justice said in a portion of the letter.
The letter also commended Glaze for the leadership he has provided to the school district’s professional learning communities program. The PLC program is bringing statewide recognition to the school district and promoting greater student learning, teacher efficacy and educational growth, the letter said.
“You have worked tirelessly to meet and exceed the board’s expectations of a superintendent,” Justice said in a final portion of the letter.
The board has agreed to award Glaze a new three-year contract following its review.
Glaze credits the school board with playing a large role in helping the district enjoy success.
“I’ve got a really great school board to work with. They are focused on what is best for kids. They do not have an ax to grind or a single agenda,” Glaze said. “It is a lot easier to set goals and move the district in a consistent direction when you have the school board and the superintendent working as a team.”
Glaze added that the school district is fortunate to have an outstanding administrative team, excellent teachers and a first-rate classified staff.
Glaze is completing his sixth year as superintendent of the La Grande School District and 20th year overall with it. He was a grade-school principal in the school district from 1986 to 2000. Glaze is completing his 39th year as an educator.