The La Grande School Board is giving Superintendent George Mendoza high marks for his job performance.

The school board praised Mendoza in its annual evaluation letter, which was read by chair Joe Justice at the board’s Wednesday meeting.

“You continue to meet and exceed our expectations of a superintendent,” Justice said.

Mendoza’s ability to use his communication skills to make connections were lauded in the early portion of the letter.

“You are an extremely effective communicator and this is evidenced in the relationships you have built with the board, your staff, the community and throughout the state,” Justice read aloud.

Mendoza was also praised for his continuing efforts to boost the La Grande School District. Justice in the letter noted Mendoza is always seeking to improve the district as shown through the development of a five-year maintenance plan; increased support for students and staff, which creates healthier school environments; commitment to hiring coaches for science, technology, engineering and math programs; and pursuing options to incorporate early learning programs.

The board’s evaluation emphasized Mendoza’s continuing support of Professional Learning Communities. PLCs, a program that began in the La Grande School District about seven years ago, brings together teams of educators to develop plans for addressing the individual needs of students.

Mendoza was also recognized for his ability to manage the daily operations of the school district and to focus on goals set by the board — all of which develops and strengthens education in La Grande.

Justice in the letter said because of Mendoza’s performance, the board has unanimously agreed to offer the superintendent a new three-year contract. The educator is in the first year of his current three-year contract.

See complete story in Friday's Observer