Alex Apostle

Alex Apostle

KURT WILSON, Missoulian

The evaluation process for Missoula County Public Schools’ superintendent once again will be largely private.

School board members will evaluate Superintendent Alex Apostle during an executive session following the board’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

More than 70 pages of information about the district’s accomplishments during Apostle’s tenure will be made public in the meeting packet. A final evaluation will be presented to Apostle during a second executive session on Jan. 28

“He gives them data about his year and an assessment that they can use for the evaluation – like a tool – and then they discuss as a board outside of executive session any other things that they need,” district spokeswoman Hatton Littman said.

All district employees are evaluated, she said.

“All of our evaluations of any employee take place in a very structured way,” she added.

Last year, Apostle chose to have his evaluation conducted in executive session after releasing his evaluation to the public in previous years.

In 2013, the board’s approval of pay increases over several years set off a firestorm of public opinion. Currently, Apostle earns $200,000 a year.

Apostle said he made the decision to no longer go through a public review because he realized most other superintendents do not, as provided for public employees under Montana law.

“And I have chosen to keep it private, also pursuant to Montana law,” he said.

Any decision to alter Apostle’s current contract, including the potential to extend it beyond its expiration of June 2016 or for additional compensation, would be discussed during an open board meeting.

Apostle hedged against murmurings he may be considering retirement, saying, “I’m enjoying my work, we’re being successful in our endeavors, and I enjoy working.”

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