Personnel Moves Hard to Decipher
First of all, new hires, resignations and retirements are spelled out on board agendas with names, but resolutions on terminations do not include names. State monitoring last year uncovered some invalid titles in the administration of former Schools Superintendent Paula Howard and others were found not to be qualified for their titles, so those individuals are gone. Then there is the matter of the recent new titles and how they correlate to those that were abolished.
In a way, one could say what does it matter who's gone, the task now is to create a strong team by the time school opens in September to serve that other main ingredient, the students. But of course any major shift of employees causes not only curiosity but even anxiety among those left (as witness Gannett Blog, where a former reporter and editor tracks recent personnel changes and other shifts in the company).
As someone commented, there is a teachers' union looking out for the interest of teachers and may I add, there is also a union for administrators. The school board has placed its trust in Dr. Gallon, but also has remedies in case that trust is not upheld. There are plenty of checks and balances all around, so perhaps the focus should shift away from the tumult of the 2007-08 school year and toward the opportunities of the 2008-09 school year.
It is not unreasonable to ask for an organizational chart that reflects changes for the 2008-09 school year. People want to know the echelons of responsibility for practical reasons. They want a matrix. Let us hope that soon a new chart will be produced and disseminated, so all parties can see where they stand. It could serve as a major way to clear the air that is currently fogged with worries and questions.