BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - After one year on the job, Birmingham’s new school superintendent got high marks in her evaluation. It was released Tuesday night.
“I’m grateful,” said Lisa Herring. She is pleased with the evaluation of her first year. She scored a 4.04 out of 5.
Herring received high marks in overall performance. She sees the need for improvement in reaching out to others to move the school system forward.
“There is an opportunity to do more with parent partners or alumni,” said Herring.
It was an emotionally difficult year. The school system saw the murder of two students, including 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington of Huffman High and 16-year-old William Edwards of Woodlawn High.
“I learned to cope, but I also learned to acknowledge it’s been difficult,” said Herring.
Herring’s experience as a counselor in schools helped her and the school system during the healing process, which she said in ongoing.
In the past, superintendents have been combative with the school board. Herring is proud of her relationship with the board.
The goal for the coming year is improving student achievement. Herring is hoping to see more progress in city schools next year, but not necessarily in an evaluation but either through a student, faculty member, or principal about the improvement of city schools.