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Monday, October 29, 2018

Juneau Rearranging the Chairs at JSCEE; No Associate Sups but "Chiefs"


Perhaps more will be revealed
at today's Work Session on the
Strategic Plan.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Enrollment has been moved: it’s NOT under operations, it’s NOT under capital, it’s under… Chief of Academics? Tolley?!?

It’s already broken. What’s the word for breaking something, that is already broken, even worse? Pulverizing?

Kellie, Eric B, you’ve been around the SPS a block a time or two. Care to weigh in on the unintended consequences of pushing apart the bean counters of space and the bean counters of bodies?


Silorific!

kellie said...

This chart could be a hopeful sign.

At the moment there is just so many layers between the Superintendent and the schools. Principals report to Exec Directors, who report to the Chief of Schools, who reports to Michael Tolley, who reports to the Super. That is just too much. When the Exec Director positions were created, they reported directly to the Super, and it was an attempt to ensure the Super was connected to the day to day life of schools.

kellie said...

Enrollment being inside finance has been a disaster, IMHO. This is how we have created the mysterious "staffing capacity" where staffing allocations have been the enrollment cap, not space and not demand.

There is not enough information to know if this change is an improvement or just more of the same.

GLP said...

FYI - the highlighted departments are the ones that have been moved.

This looks like a demotion for Tolley to me.

I don't know if this is exactly the right move for Enrollment Planning, but I don't know that it really belonged with facilities, transportation, capital projects, etc.

-GLP

Eric B said...

I like reducing the number of layers of management. It's window dressing, but I like calling positions chief instead of assistant/associate superintendent. I'm not sure how I feel overall--I'd like to see names associated with positions first.

It looks like Flip's department is dissolving into other departments. I can't tell for sure, but it looks like we have one or two fewer $150K+ salaries.

There's going to be an awfully large spotlight on the Chief Academic Officer. C&I plus Enrollment means that there's going to be a lot of people calling for that person's head. I would call it nominally a promotion for Tolley (assuming he's CAO), but maybe not one he wants. If anyone is getting a demotion, I'd say it was Steve Nielsen. The Deputy Superintendent role is relatively small for the size of the title, overseeing only the operations, finance, and IT. That might be something he wants, or he may be moving elsewhere in the organization.

Having Enrollment under academics can't be worse than having it under budget. The CAO is going to have a lot of power in this org chart and that may actually benefit enrollment's status depending on how the CAO approaches it.

Anonymous said...

Advanced Learning is no longer under Tolley by this chart, or am I misreading it? (Or was it never under Tolley?)

Richard

Anonymous said...

@ GLP, where did you see that the highlighted depts are the ones being moved? Advanced Learning seems to have been under Tolley, but now C&I and AL are in different columns, neither highlighted.

unclear

GLP said...

@unclear - That's what I was told by a friend who works at the John Stanford Center and received the email that went out to central admin staff along with the new org chart.

-GLP

Anonymous said...

@ GLP, any chance your friend can get a copy of the "old" version of that matrix?

unclear

GLP said...

@unclear, well there is this org chart from August 2017 at the website:

https://www.seattleschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_543/File/District/sps_org_chart.pdf

-GLP

Anonymous said...

The link between Chief of Student Supports and the CAO/Chief of Schools- Principal Support has been broken for a very long time. This "re-org" should have addressed this problem. Wonder why it didn't/hasn't. Wasn't Juneau listening on her listening tour?

Reader

Eric B said...

@Reader, that's exactly why I want to know the names behind the titles. If those two are people who play well together or Juneau rides herd to make sure they cooperate, then it'll probably be OK. If they're not, it'll be the same as it ever was.

I'd say CAO should take on Student Support, but that makes the department so big it may be just as bad as it is now because the person at the top would be spread so thin.

Anonymous said...

Where is “Chief Jesse”? Is he the Chief of Student Supports? If so, he’s been elevated to the rank of his mentor Tolley. On the backs of all the student programming that he’s done his best to destroy.

Another reader

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