Ringstaff gets a new contract by city schools
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
Apr 02, 2013 | 901 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Board of Education members unanimously renewed Dr. Martin Ringstaff’s contract for four more years as the director of city schools at Monday night’s board meeting.

“I think Dr. Ringstaff, you hit the ground running. We got what we thought we were getting and then some,” said Steve Morgan, board member.

Each board member sat down in a one-on-one meeting with Ringstaff. A five-point scale was used to evaluate his role as the director of city schools in seven standards. According to Tom Cloud, board chairman, Ringstaff received an overall 4.85 out of 5.

“It is hard to find a good superintendent. I think they don’t want the job because of how difficult it is,” said Dawn Robinson, board member. “I appreciate your energy and enthusiasm.”

Peggy Pesterfield, board member, added she had nothing but good comments for Ringstaff.

Board member Richard Shaw said he had two goals when he ran for the board. The first involved handling and increasing diversity. The second was to improve relations between the city school board and the City Council.

He said both goals have been met.

Shaw said Ringstaff has deftly made good personnel choices.

“You’re not afraid to make the hard decisions,” Shaw said.

Cloud explained the scoring as follows: 5 (exceeds expectations); 4 (accomplished/commendable); 3 (proficient/satisfactory); 2 (developing/needs improvement); 1 (not evident/not demonstrated/unsatisfactory).

Ringstaff received all seven scores on the high-end of 4.

- Vision of Learning: 4.83

- Advocating, nurturing and encouraging the school culture and instructional program: 4.79

- Management operations for a safe sufficient working environment: 4.81

- Collaboration with families and community members while understanding and responding to diverse community needs: 4.89

- Integrity, fairness and ethics: 4.89

- Understanding and handling the political, social, legal and cultural context: 4.86

- Cultivating superintendent-board relationships: 4.87

“I believe our scores reflect we are all extremely happy,” Cloud said.

Murl Dirksen, board member, congratulated Ringstaff on his transition to and success in a new community.

“I think it is phenomenal you were able to learn the community, learn who the movers and shakers are, while learning about the school,” Dirksen said. “I appreciate so much the focus groups where the faculty talk to you about their schools and their concerns. It is pretty amazing what you have been able to put together.”

Ringstaff gave praise in kind to the board.

“I can only be successful if my team is successful. We have a great group of individuals,” Ringstaff said. “We have made a lot of changes. A lot of people are in different places, and rightfully so. We have great people with great strengths.”

Continued Ringstaff, “Our principals and supervisors are amazing. They hit the ground running every day — making me look good ... I can only applaud the work we do every day, and it is a ‘We’ atmosphere.”

He thanked the board for their communication.

“I want to commend this board on our communication back and fourth. We spend a lot of time talking ... and I probably give you more than you want to read at times. I want you to be aware of what is going on,” Ringstaff said. “... [With all the changes] it is hard to keep morale where it is and I believe you are doing an excellent job.”

Ringstaff’s new contract will commence on July 1, 2013 and end on June 30, 2017.