$5K bonus for CPS superintendent

Board rewards achievement

CINCINNATI - Mary Ronan, the superintendent for Cincinnati Public Schools,received a glowing performance evaluation from the C.P.S. boardMonday night.

"The superintendent has more than met the expectations and hassuccessfully taken the district to a higher level," said CincinnatiPublic School board Vice President Eve Bolton.

Under Ronan's watch C.P.S. was for the first time rated an"Effective" school district on a state report card.

"I appreciate the confidence the board had in me and allowing meand my team to implement the Elementary Initiative which led to oursuccess," said Ronan.

Her statement also carried a message for the teachers union.

"I appreciate you (the board) changing the culture of thedistrict to rewarding excellence and not just based on years ofservice," Ronan continued.

In the days leading up to Monday night's meeting Ronan handedout bonuses to administrators, teachers and teachers aides at sixhistorically under performing schools.

Sean McCauley is principal at Ethel M. Taylor Academy in SouthCumminsville which was one of those schools.

"We were in Academic Emergency and we jumped two categories toContinuous Improvement on the state report card," saidMcCauley.

The bonuses he said were a complete shock.

"We were all excited about that. Very surprised. It was veryheartwarming because it wasn't expected and to be recognized inthat way is very much appreciated," said McCauley.

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