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LEOMINSTER -- In a review of Superintendent Jim Jolicoeurs job performance over the last school year, five members of the School Committee said he has been proficient in doing his job, while two said he needs improvement, and one said he fell somewhere in between.

This was the roughly same score Jolicoeur received last year, but with an added note that changes need to be made in how the superintendent goes about preparing the annual budget.

We definitely need to focus on that for the next year. Its been a challenge since Jim has come on board and maybe now with the opening of the business manager (position) well have the opportunity to hire someone that can get us to where we need to be, said at-large member Suzanne Koehler.

Of the nine committee members that rated Jolicoeurs performance on budget preparation, three said he had met expectations, one said he had made significant progress, two said he made some progress, and three said he had not met expectations.

Several committee members spoke more on issues in the budgeting process during Mondays meeting, including Ward 1 member Kristin Howlett, who said: Its about documenting and prioritizing, and I think if we can just get that piece down we will be on our way.

Jolicoeur did receive high marks from the committee in the areas of family and community engagement and instructional leadership, where eight committee members said he had been proficient, and professional culture, where seven committee members said he was proficient.