Glaze gets contract extension

By Observer Upload March 15, 2013 10:23 am

by Dick Mason/The Observer

La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze has received a strong job performance evaluation and a three-year contract extension.

The La Grande superintendent was recently praised in a letter from the school board summarizing its critique of his job performance. The letter was read at a board meeting Wednesday by board chair Joe Justice.

“Through your professionalism, leadership and personal example you have inspired the school district staff, school board and district patrons to keep the education of students at the forefront of what we do,” Justice said in a portion of the letter. 

The letter also commended Glaze with providing leadership which is “visionary and fiscally sound, his attention to legal and policy issues and continued communication with district constituents and business, civic and educational leaders.

Glaze, completing his fifth-year as La Grande superintendent, also received high marks for the work he as done toward meeting goals set by the school board a year ago. These goals include:

• Improving the school district’s overall academic performance in math.

• Improving attendance throughout the school district.

• Continuing to improve communications with all constituent-run groups.

• Establishing committees made up of community members and school district staff which make recommendations to the school board.

“Your efforts in directing the district toward meeting the aforementioned goals was highly regarded by both the school board and the administrative team,” Justice said.

Preliminary data indicates that since the 2010-11 school year, overall performance in math has improved by nearly 10 percent and that attendance is up 1.5 percent. 

The board credits much of the improvement in math to the Professional Learning Communities program Glaze started. Through the program, teachers work together using student test data to develop instructional strategies to help students.

Glaze said that the improvement students are making reflects the excellent work of many others in the school district. 

“It is definitely a team effort. It starts in the classroom. (The district’s administrators) are the orchestra directors. We are a ways from the classroom but our decisions ripple into the classrooms. We try to support learning and help students advance to the next level by making decisions which are thoughtful and data based,” Glaze said.

 Glaze’s new contract begins July 1 and will run through June 30, 2016. 

Glaze is in his second stint with the La Grande School District.

He first worked in the
La Grande School District from 1986 to 2000, serving as a grade school principal.

Glaze then left to serve as superintendent of the Imbler School District from 2000 to 2003.

Next, Glaze went to the Gervais School District, based 15 miles northeast of Salem, which he led from 2003 to 2007.

Glaze served as superintendent of the Elgin School District in 2007-08, before starting his second stint with the La Grande School District.

He started his pursuit of an education career here in the early 1970s, earning an education degree from EOU in 1974.