Published in the June 22, 2016 edition


LYNNFIELD — The School Committee and Superintendent of Schools Jane Tremblay came to terms on a two-year contract extension last week.

Tremblay had one year remaining on the three-year contract she signed in January 2014. The extension, which essentially gives the superintendent a new three-year pact, will conclude on June 30, 2019. Beginning on July 1, Tremblay will be compensated $184,008 per year. Her current salary this fiscal year is $179,520.

“The committee recognizes Jane has done great work and expects great work will continue in the future,” said School Committee Chairman Tim Doyle. “That is why we decided to extend her contract.”

School Committee member Salvatore Cammarata agreed with Doyle’s sentiment.

“I think this was a very prudent choice,” said Cammarata.

In an e-mail sent to the Villager, Tremblay said she’s thrilled she will continue serving as Lynnfield’s schools chief for another three years.

“I could not be happier with the extension of my contract,” said Tremblay. “We have just begun to gain momentum in moving our district strategy forward. I am excited to continue the work with the teachers, administration and School Committee with the ultimate goal of improving the teaching and learning for our district.”

According to the contract, the School Committee and Tremblay will be meeting around May 1 of each contract year “for the purpose of reviewing the superintendent’s compensation for the succeeding contract year.”

“The results of the superintendent’s performance evaluation shall serve as a factor in that review,” reads the contract.

The School Committee gave Tremblay a positive review for the superintendent’s first year-and-a-half on the job in February. She was rated “proficient” on the superintendent evaluations four standards: Instructional leadership, management and operations, family and community engagement and professional culture. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which mandates the state-issued educator evaluation system for school superintendents, principals and teachers, defined proficient as a “practice is understood to be fully satisfactory” and is “the rigorous expected level of performance.”

The school board also said Tremblay met the four goals she established as part of the evaluation. The professional practice goal Tremblay met was participating in the New Superintendent Induction Program offered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The student-learning goal Tremblay met was ensuring the school system was using a “fair, effective teacher evaluation (system).” The first district-improvement goal Tremblay met was improving communication across the district. The second district-improvement goal Tremblay met was “integrating technology effectively in order to improve teaching and learning for all students.”

According to the evaluation, a superintendent can exceed, meet, show significant progress, some progress or did not meet established goals.

Additionally, the School Committee commended Tremblay in her evaluation for setting high expectations for school officials and teachers as well as focusing on curriculum, instruction and assessment. She was also commended for developing positive working relationships with local officials, making school security a priority, being visible at school events and making students’ social-emotional needs a high priority.