Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote has received an A+ for her 2013-14 performance in New Milford.

She has been with the school district since 1981, serving as superintendent since 2005.

This was the highest rating given yet to the veteran educator by the Board of Education.

"All nine of our board members responded to the review questionnaire with careful consideration," said Danielle Shook, Board of Education chairwoman. "The individual ratings JeanAnn received reflected a belief that her performance `substantially exceeds' or `meets standards' in all areas."

The board authorized Shook and board attorneys to enter into negotiation with Paddyfote on a new three-year contract. Her current salary is $196,124 annually.

"I'm pleased with the review," Paddyfote said. "I enjoy working for the Board of Education and look forward to continuing to work hard for the board and the students."

The review results came on the eve of the 2014-15 budget referendum in New Milford.

It made the day a win-win for Paddyfote, since the education budget passed by 269 votes.

"Excellent," she said upon hearing the numbers.

Ninety-five percent of the board's rating responses gave Paddyfote high marks in the area of educational leadership, fiscal management and professional qualities.

There was a lag, however, in the area of community relations.

"I believe the district has missed many public relations opportunities," one board member wrote, "by not responding to situations that are occurring and being reported on in the local news, as well as on social media."

That board member noted the superintendent's position is "as much PR as anything else" and that is "being overlooked."

However, that same board member described Paddyfote as "an accessible, visible superintendent" in working with "board, staff and community."

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