Message from the Superintendent
It is an honor to serve the students and families of the Susquehanna Township School District where our vision is World class. Every day. In every way.
Our core values embody who we are as a district and who we strive to become as a community of learners:
- Every learner has the right to a world class education.
- We are a leader in innovation and technology.
- The learning environment must be safe and supportive.
- Our diversity is our strength.
- Community partnerships are vital to our success.
- We will act ethically at all levels of the organization.
To this end, we are committed to providing state-of-the-art technology to enhance classroom instruction and provide authentic, real-world experiences in the use of technology as a learning tool. We are fully committed to engaging our parents and our community partners in those critical conversations about the safety of the learning environment for all students and staff and will continue to seek innovative methods for supporting learners at all academic levels. For example, dual enrollment, AP courses, internships, job shadowing and our First-Choice graduation initiatives are just a few ways in which we will continue to support students across the learning continuum.
Moreover, we believe that the diversity within the Susquehanna Township School District is one of our greatest strengths and a point of pride. Our business, teacher and parent advisories, as well as our partnerships with local colleges and universities ensure that we are meeting the rapidly evolving needs of our students and the demands of a global workplace.
We are also committed to demonstrating the integrity and ethical behavior that we hope to instill within our students. To that end, we strive to maintain a culture of transparency and open communication for the benefit of our community, our district and our students.
Finally, we have formulated the following goals in order to operationalize our core values and our vision of world class:
We recognize that world class is a goal toward which we strive. Our Journey of HOPE (Hanna’s Organizational Performance Excellence) and our strategic plan are the mechanisms by which we intend to achieve our vision for every child, K-12. Again, I am honored to serve this great district.
Goals and Evaluation
Pursuant to §1073.1(b.1) of Pennsylvania’s Public School Code of 1949, the Board of School Directors is required to post the mutually agreed upon objective performance standards contained in the superintendent’s contract on the school district’s publicly accessible internet website. Upon completion of the annual performance assessment, the Board of School Directors is required to post the date of the assessment and whether or not the district superintendent has met the objective performance standards on the school district’s publicly accessible internet website.
The Board of School Directors met in executive session on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, to review its evaluation of the Superintendent's performance standards and four (4) evaluation categories. On behalf of the Board of School Directors, the Board President met with Dr. Willis on June 30, 2022, to deliver the Board's evaluation of the Superintendent's performance standards to her. Posted below are Dr. Willis' evaluation categories and assessment for the 2021-2022 school year.
STANDARD 1: EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Performance expectations related to vision, motivation, support of the district’s mission, organizational goals, comprehensive planning, leadership, and professional development.
The superintendent works to determine program effectiveness, the attainment of annual and long-term academic and financial goals and ensures best practices for instruction and management.
STANDARD 2: ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Performance expectations related to the daily operations and functions of the school district, as well as superintendent expertise in employee relations-related activities.
The superintendent can manage effectively, utilizing a thorough understanding of the district’s budget and educational resources, appropriately allocates all resources, and effectively communicates/collaborates internally and externally with staff, school board and community-based stakeholders.
STANDARD 3: GOVERNANCE & BOARD RELATIONS
The superintendent works effectively with the board to monitor and create organizational policies and demonstrates appropriate leadership and governance of the school district.
STANDARD 4: PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL QUALITIES
Performance expectations related to professional ethics including individual morality and appropriate value systems and growth of the superintendent.
The superintendent models professional decision-making processes and ethical standards that are consistent with the values of Pennsylvania’s public education system as well as that of the Susquehanna Township community. The superintendent additionally works to individually reflect upon her effectiveness within the role and works to improve effectiveness through the use of professional development literature and activities. The superintendent in conducting her duties and interacting with the stakeholders demonstrates work attitudes that reflect high levels of initiative, dependability and productivity
The Superintendent has met the 2021-22 Objective Performance Standards.