WATSONVILLE — One year after Pajaro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez started her position, the district’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday will give her a performance evaluation.

Because the evaluation involves a personnel matter, it will be during closed session, and the results will not be reported to the public.

Rodriguez started in August 2016, taking the reins from Dorma Baker.

Since then she has conducted “Michelle on the Move listening sessions” at all the sites throughout the district.

She also has been conducting “Day in the Life,” days during which she works various positions, such as cafeteria server, janitor and art teacher. She said the activities help her keep her finger on the pulse of the district.

The special evaluation session will allow the board to give Rodriguez uninterrupted attention without having the additional responsibility of a full meeting agenda, PVUSD Board of Trustees president Kim De Serpa said.

“It’s a really important function,” De Serpa said.

De Serpa added that such an evaluation should be conducted every year.

“Pajaro is a really hard district to lead,” she said. “We really want to support her in her position.”

At the same time, Rodriguez said she is asking her staff to evaluate all the district’s leaders, from assistant superintendents to principals.

“That will be something that is new for the district,” she said.

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