Board mulls deputy superintendent position
by Megan Thornton
February 06, 2013 12:13 AM | 1940 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cherokee County Board of Education at its meeting Thursday night will consider Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo’s proposal to create a deputy superintendent position for the 2013-14 school year, among other recommendations for the district’s management positions.

If approved, the plan would keep administrative costs low by not filling one director and seven supervisor positions.

Petruzielo first presented the proposed organizational chart during the Jan. 17 work session.

During the work session, Petruzielo said despite a growing student population and opening new schools in the system, the district has not added a management position for several years.

“We are at a point, however, where we have had to assign additional duties to people that go well beyond what their original job descriptions were,” Petruzielo said. “In several cases, those duties have basically accrued to the point where it does not justify to keep the position at the same level it has been with the additional expectations.”

In that respect, Petruzielo recommended for next year’s organizational chart to again keep eight managerial positions open to save about $935,000, as the district has for the last three years.

Also, he requested the reclassification of three existing positions: assistant superintendent of school operations; supervisor of internal audits, grants accounting and budget; and coordinator of information technology. In addition, the following positions will be renamed or realigned: director of planning/forecasting to director of facility construction and planning/forecasting, manager of purchasing to manager of accounting.

“The net result is we are modifying and adding responsibilities and combining functions and duties for various positions without adding additional positions,” Petruzielo said.

If approved, the district will for the first time have a deputy superintendent for school operations, programs and support, filled by Assistant Superintendent Brian Hightower. The deputy superintendent would supervise the assistant superintendent of educational programs, student support and professional development and the assistant superintendent of support services and facilities/construction management.

Petruzielo said CCSD said the district has one of the lowest per-student administrative costs in the state of Georgia. According to the most recent information from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, general administration costs for CCSD averaged $107 per student in 2010-11, out of an overall per pupil cost of $7,883.

The state agency said 2011-12 Report Card is delayed to a number of new calculations this year to state testing data.

“We’re certainly very proud of the fact that we have been able to keep our administrative costs low,” Petruzielo said.

In other business, the board will consider proposed revisions to school board policies by board member Rob Usher. Usher said the proposed changes update the goals and objectives, safety and emergency drills to reflect revised laws and eliminate out-of-date verbiage.

The addition to the safety section reads: “We believe that all students and staff should have a safe and secure environment for teaching and learning.”

“I wanted to make sure there was emphasis that the school board supports the safety of students and staff,” Usher said Monday. “I think for all governments, not just school boards, it’s good to read through occasionally to make sure everything is still up to date.”

Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, spam, and links to outside websites will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides