First, I am glad that the district recognizes that it doesn't need a specific department for race and equity; it should be part of the fabric of everything the district does. Second, I wish that Caprice Hollins was going because I don't think she presents a good face on these issues. It almost seems it leaves her a bit of a lame duck without her department.
Also of note (from the Times' article):
"The reorganization will help close a $16 million budget gap for the 2008-09 school year, a district spokeswoman said, but precise cost savings are still being calculated. Over the past couple of weeks, the district eliminated 16 positions and added nine. More administrative jobs may be cut as the district reorganizes other departments."
"Auditors recommended the district's Human Resources Department undo a reorganization it recently completed. The department has had six directors in eight years and has "lost the trust and confidence of its customers," the review found.
No one is keeping track of "the most basic personnel information," such as job turnover and vacancy rates, and the department is prone to payroll errors. According to the report, the department's procedures are so unclear that one manager described them as "folklore."From the PI article:
"A revised organization chart provided by the district shows a number of high-level leadership positions have yet to be filled. The chart also shows the district plans to:
On that last one, I wonder what the difference is between a special-ed manager versus an executive director? What will it mean to Special Ed?