School Board Mulls Adding 4 New Posts; Members Will Review Organizational Structure of District Administration

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski

As it searches for a new superintendent, the Duval County School Board is considering hiring a chief officer for information and accountability who would report directly to outgoing Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.

The job would entail overseeing all academic program research, assessment and evaluations and would pay $108,000 to $162,000 a year.

The work will focus on the continuous improvement of students, teachers, principals and the district by reviewing academic program performance data, assisting with the implementation of best business practices and enhancing the quality of support services, according to the job description.

The proposed job description is among four involving new administrative or supervisory positions slated for action by the board during its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the School Administration Building, 1701 Prudential Drive. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 99 and online at www.duvalschools.org.

Board members will focus on the superintendent search and a review of the organizational structure of district administration at a board development meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive.

The board decided last week to replace Pratt-Dannals, who will stay until his contract expires Dec. 31.

Chairwoman Betty Burney said the board will "establish the process and timeline" for the search and related matters at that meeting. The board also wants to have an organizational review ready for the incoming superintendent, she said. …