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Restructuring OK'd for school administration

March 27, 1997

By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Staff Writer

After lengthy discussion, the Washington County Board of Education voted Wednesday night to restructure its administration to allow curriculum supervisors to focus on either the elementary or secondary level.

Four new positions were added, including a supervisor of elementary language arts/social studies and a supervisor of elementary mathematics/science.

Those supervisors will work exclusively with elementary-level teachers and principals, said Schools Superintendent Wayne F. Gersen.

The scope of four existing curriculum supervisor positions that now include elementary-level responsibilities was narrowed to just secondary students, Gersen said.

The move was in response to what the school board and administrators were hearing from elementary school teachers and principals, who felt they need elementary-oriented curriculum supervisors, he said.

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Both new supervisor positions are being advertised with salaries of $52,306 to $64,329 for a 12-month period.

The board also created a grant writer position, funded at $35,000, and a new coordinator of personnel and teacher staffing, advertised at $50,294 to $58,305 for 12 months.

The board voted to eliminate five positions, including a coordinator of staff development and teacher staffing position.

The director of curriculum position - being vacated by Paul Bailey at the end of the school year - will change to director of curriculum/staff development, Gersen said.

Four resource teacher positions, two at the elementary level and two at the middle school level, were eliminated to fund the new positions, he said.

Teachers in those positions will be offered classroom teaching jobs, Gersen said.

After unanimously voting to eliminate the five positions, the school board reached an impasse when board member Andrew R. Humphreys suggested holding off on the new positions until the board had a chance to talk about the director of elementary education's responsibilities.

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