(Update at bottom.)
From the SPS communications department, we found ourselves a Chief Talent Officer. No, don't get all excited that there is someone combing the schools for the next Justin Bieber. It's just the new-fangled way of saying the new head of Human Services. (I'm sorry but that is just a ridiculous name that doesn't fool anyone hired at SPS into thinking, "gee I'm talented AND people like me!")
We also have a new Director of Labor and Employee Relations AND a new Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships.
Ann Chan is from Chicago Public Schools (hey, maybe she knows Arne Duncan) and our Talent Officer.
Howard Pripas is the Employee and Labor guy who hails from the University of California system but was previously at UW from 2001-2004.
Mark Teoh is the new Executive Director of Strategic Planning et al. He comes from the Boston school system. (Now he follows a woman who had her salary paid for one year by the Alliance and one year by Broad. Wonder who...well, I'm sure the district found the spare $145k plus benefits that she was paid somewhere.) Maybe Mr. Teoh can get on the ball and find some partnerships for STEM at Cleveland. You know, like with UW's Computer Science and Engineering department or some biotech company or Fred Hutchinson. Checking in again with the STEM page, there is nothing but some community mentoring groups which is great but nothing you can't get at any other high school. Where is the linkage that will support this program and make it strong?
They all start by December 1.
Update: Heard back from Communications about salaries.
Chief Talent Officer - $140,754
Director of Employee and Labor Relations - $135,595
Executive Director Strategic Planning and Partnerships - $128,315 (interesting that this one is so much lower than the previous director who made $145k but again, that wasn't on our dime). This Director is paid out of the General Fund so yes, it is a new expense to SPS.