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Superintendent Jim Golden visits an elementary school shortly after his hiring in 2015. He is currently on paid leave pending results of an investigation into unspecified complaints.

Mark Ylen, Mid-Valley Sunday

Albany will move ahead with its planned superintendent evaluation procedure even though Jim Golden remains on paid administrative leave, board members agreed Monday.

The plan is to begin collecting feedback from parents, teachers and the public for what's known as a "360" evaluation. The evaluation invites participants to give their thoughts on community relations, leadership and other aspects of a superintendent's performance. 

Members of the Albany School Board voted unanimously during a special meeting March 27 to place Golden on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into unspecified complaints.

Board members have said the complaints do not relate to students and the action to place Golden on leave is not meant to indicate the allegations have been verified.

Salem attorney Rebekah Jacobson has begun an investigation at the board's request. Assistant Superintendent Tonja Everest has been named acting superintendent.

At Monday's meeting, board member Frank Bricker asked whether surveys should begin without Golden currently at work. He suggested waiting until the investigation concludes.

"Technically right now, we don't have a superintendent to survey," he said. 

But Board Vice Chair Jennifer Ward said she feels it's important to start the process, and that the data gathered would provide good information about the district as a whole.

Board members also agreed Monday to move the first meeting of the school district's budget committee to April 30 to give the investigation time to progress. 

Golden was hired as the superintendent in March 2015 and started on the job in July on a three-year contract. He has not responded to requests for comment about the situation. 

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