The approved an administrative reorganization Monday night. The restructuring abolishes three administrative positions and creates six positions in its place at no additional cost to the district, according to Superintendent Charles Sampson.
The plan, which was fully vetted by the districts’ legal team and Board of Education, eliminates the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, and the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.
The six positions that will be created in their place are: Chief Academic Officer, Director of Personnel, Director of Guidance and Operations, Director of Special Services, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation and Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Sampson said that since his arrival at the district he has been examining the administration’s efficacy and weaknesses. According to Sampson, the current administration structure would not be able to run as smoothly as it would with this new structure.
This reorganization does not add any new administrators to the full-time equivalent or cost the district any more money, a goal Sampson said he sought after from the beginning.
The new structure provides the district with more flexibility in terms of guidance, student assistance counselors, and testing, which Sampson said have not been a main focus administratively.
“The structure is solid,” Sampson said. “It will enable this district to succeed in the modern era and I think it’s an incredibly effective way to deploy our resources.”
By transferring employees within the full-time equivalents of the district to manage the jobs that have been given scant attention over the years, this new structure aims to be more economical, according to the superintendent. Furthermore, no additional administrative support staff will be added; therefore, no ancillary costs are expected.
Some residents vocalized concern about the additional administrative positions and questioned why salary ranges for the jobs were not listed in the agenda. Sampson assured the public that these jobs will be posted, interviews will take place for the positions, and salary ranges will be made public before any approval takes place. Nevertheless, the superintendent affirmed that the salaries will work within the district budget so that spending remains flat.
Board President Heshy Moses and Board Member Carl Accettola both told the public that the entire Board looked over the reorganization, asked questions, and made sure that this plan would ensure the best education for the students in the district.
“A lot of thought went into this,” Accettola said. “This isn’t just a’ fly-by-night’ plan to accomplish something. It was well thought out.”
The new administrative structure has been approved by the Monmouth County Superintendent of Schools and will go into effect on Sept. 24.