Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vote Set Tonight on Administrative Changes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vote Set Tonight on Administrative Changes

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The Francis Howell School Board is expected to vote tonight to add several administrative jobs costing $300,000 a year as part of a restructuring of the district.

The plan calls for three area superintendents with a curriculum coordinator and an instructional coordinator assigned to each, as well as other supporting personnel. If approved, the plan would take effect in the coming school year, which starts July 1.

The new superintendents would be assigned to the northern, central and southern parts of the district, with overall supervision of kindergarten through grade 12. "The concept is to have area administrative units," said Superintendent Lee Brittenham, who proposed the plan to board members last year. Assistant Superintendent Tim Richer and Associate Superintendent Dan Brown would fill two of the area superintendent posts at their current salaries, about $81,000 and $79,000, respectively. The third opening is budgeted at $60,120. The curriculum specialists would deal with reviewing and changing curriculum, updating the various studies, such as language arts, and introducing new material and technology. The instructional coordinators would develop staff skills, such as computer technology. The new positions include an executive secretary, two curriculum coordinators, a secretary, two instructional coordinators, a director of technology and a director of human resources. Brittenham said the district would still have the same number, nine, of assistant and associate superintendents, because of the coming retirement of Assistant Superintendent Roger Russell, whose title and some money supporting his duties would be transferred to the third area superintendent post. Russell's job would be changed to a more technical-based position at lower pay. Brittenham proposed the change to the board last year. More than a dozen focus groups, composed of teachers, administrators, site-based school councils and support people, were asked for their views, he said, and the information obtained was analyzed. …

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