Klingbeil rated ‘highly effective’ by district board during Monday’s meeting

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette The Houghton-Portage Township School District Board gave Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil, left, a "very effective" rating in its annual evaluation Monday.

HOUGHTON – Houghton-Portage Township School District Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil received another strong evaluation by the district board this year.

Klingbeil received a “highly effective” rating, the state’s highest ranking. Michigan requires school boards to give administrators one of four ratings, which also include effective, minimally effective and ineffective. 

She received a weighted score of 3.817 on a 4-point scale, or a 95.4 percent. Klingbeil was judged on professional practice, student growth and progress toward district goals.

“I’m pleased to work in this district, and I just feel like as a whole, from the board down to the classroom, it’s just a very supportive, positive district, and of course a lot of parent support,” she said. “That makes the job here much easier and very enjoyable.” 

This is Klingbeil’s fourth straight year with a “highly effective” rating. As a result, the board can move to evaluating Klingbeil every two years.

“If things start falling apart in the middle, we can always call a special meeting and discuss it,” said Treasurer Nels Christopherson. “But it’s certainly not expected that that would happen that way.”