Wareham superintendent awarded 2 percent raise, performance rated 'proficient'

By Lydia Goerner | Nov 01, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood, seen here at an April School Committee meeting, received a 2 percent raise Wednesday after her annual evaluation.

Wareham Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood, now in her fifth year in the position, received her public evaluation and a 2 percent raise at the School Committee meeting Nov 1, bringing Shaver-Hood’s salary to $161,568. But not before some debate on her salary increase.

The superintendent is the only town employee who receives a public evaluation, said Chair Judy Caporiccio. Shaver-Hood was graded on a scale of 100 by each member of the board, with an average of around 83 points out of 100. At last year's evaluation, she was given an average score of 85.

Caporiccio gave her the highest score of anyone on the board, with nearly 90 points.

“I have observed the superintendent in so many settings throughout the year,” Caporiccio said. She said Shaver-Hood is “tireless and well-rounded” with a knowledge of curriculum, finance, legalities and the community.

Vice-Chair Geoff Swett was somewhat more critical, scoring the superintendent at 80 points.

“It’s in many ways a thankless job,” he acknowledged. But though he’s excited about what is being done in the district, Swett said the data doesn’t back up the plans.

“Something isn’t working,” Swett said. “Just how patient should I be?”

Swett cited low state test scores and dropping graduation rates, along with a “dramatic increase” in dropout rates.

“Many of those variables are well beyond the control of the superintendent, and yet they indicate something,” Swett said.

The thing that troubles him most is the lack of accountability within the school district, Swett said.

“I see and I hear some very exciting things going on, and yet I don’t have the student performance results to say that those are having the kind of impact that they should,” he said.

In his review, Swett said Decas Elementary “continues to suffer from a lack of consistent leadership” and that Minot Forest Elementary has more than 70 percent of students not meeting state expectations for proficiency in ELA and math, 20 percent higher than state average.

The middle school, Swett continued, “has demonstrated inferior student growth scores in math for over a decade.”

He said the high school is a “bright spot,” but added the student population is shrinking “in part because of the inaccurate perception that it suffers from the same achievement problems as the other schools.”

Committee member Mary Morgan, formerly an early childhood coordinator for the district, gave Shaver-Hood the lowest score of 74 points. Morgan said she believes the superintendent should put early childhood education first and that other programs should follow it so students have a good foundation.

“I really think that it was done in a backwards manner,” Morgan said.

Since Shaver-Hood’s average score is considered in the “proficient” range, the committee could vote to give her a salary increase between 1 and 3 percent. Caporiccio suggested a 3 percent raise, but then recommended a 2 percent raise after her first suggestion wasn’t embraced by the board.

Shaver-Hood’s 2 percent raised passed 4-1 with Morgan voting against.

An extended contract with Shaver-Hood will be voted on by the School Committee at the Nov. 15 meeting.

To read the superintendent’s full evaluation from School Committee members, visit WarehamVillageSoup.com.


Comments (5)
Posted by: Steve Holmes | Nov 02, 2017 09:30

Geoff, the School District can only provide the tools, the best teachers they can get, and the best environment to learn that the Town can afford, with little funding help from the State. As a parent of a High School student in Wareham, I believe the way to improve the things you are looking for are based on the student and parent activity from 230pm through 730am. When we were students you came home from school and all our homework and studies had to be done before going outside,  watching tv, etc. And our parents checked our work and made sure we were ready for the next school day.  I don't think that happens in to many homes today,  cell phones,  video games,  the internet have taken over and kids don't do the studying. Those habits forced on us or at least me, did not cost a dime,  and the kids that did not show up with their homework or studying done was not the blame of the teacher,  principal or the superintendent. My Heather has little Devin in kindergarten now and every night she sits with him and does his homework and he has a lot. So far he has aced all his pods. If she just let him come home and play with his tablet or go out and play in the yard, I am pretty sure his marks would not be that great. As a result he loves school, because all kids like positive reinforcement and getting the gold star, on the forehead. Parents or caregivers to these kids after school need to get back to the way it used to be, then you will get what you are seeking.

Posted by: Uptohere | Nov 03, 2017 10:39

Last thing I recall was trying to get rid of her. NOT give her an extended contract. Seems like a shady deal going on here.

Posted by: bob | Nov 03, 2017 11:38


Posted by: Knocked for six | Nov 04, 2017 09:40

This is a superintendent who was or maybe still is looking for employment elsewhere and the school committee is debating a contract extension?

Posted by: bluebird | Nov 04, 2017 15:15

Steve Holmes, you took the words right out of my mouth! I was just going to say that you really can't put the blame on the Superintendant if the students had terrible study habbits, I remember many times missing my favorite TV show because I didn't get my homework done in time, we didn't have computers of I-Pads or "Tablets" in my day to distract us, just toys, books and TV/radio, but we had to get the homework done first. We did our best, our Parents checked our work if we asked, but we learned! Also, in those days kids were taught to BEHAVE in class, and you showed respect for the teacher (even if they weren't deserving of respect!) or else. Teachers can only work with what they are given, if parents do not send their kids to school ready to learn, the teachers can only do so much!

Ms Morgan is correct that Early childhood education is important, but it is a parent's job to provide that early learning, the schools should help to build that "foundation", but providing quality education to all ages is just as important to promote. We do not want to build a great foundation in early education at the expense of the higher grades, providing a shakey building atop a strong foundation.

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