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Board OK's Owens' New School Team

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Board OK's Owens' New School Team

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- The Clay County School Board approved

Superintendent David Owens' request to make several personnel

changes in the school system's administrative office, paving the

way for the newly elected school chief to form his own team.

The board, during its Thursday night meeting, approved the

changes on a 3-2 vote.

The initial cost estimate of Owens' request to create three new

posts for the remaining six months of the school year was

$83,000.

But he said during the meeting that routine personnel budget

cuts that have already been approved to take effect in January

would slash that estimate in half and that by the end of the

year the changes could actually save the school district money.

His proposals were to turn the post of assistant superintendent

for instruction and school improvement, which is currently

occupied by one person, into two jobs. Also, he proposed

replacing the current executive secretaries in the

superintendent's office and in the deputy superintendent's

office.

Owens, who was elected in October and took office last month,

said he requested the changes to "get my structure, my team into

place."

"That is nothing abnormal when a new superintendent comes in to

have their own structure. . . . That is nothing out of the

ordinary," he said.

Owens said he wanted to assemble his team now to lead the

planning process for the 1997-98 academic year, which goes into

full gear in January and February, rather than this summer when

current staff contracts expire.

"That is where the urgency is," he said. "Now is the critical

time, not in June."

Carol Eberhardt, who was appointed by former Superintendent

Phyllis May, is the current assistant superintendent for

instruction and school improvement. She will stay on in the new

post of assistant superintendent for school improvement until

her contract expires June 30. …

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