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Pinellas board to restructure top staff

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February

Pinellas County school board members this afternoon called a special workshop to be held Monday, "to begin a possible administrative restructuring," according to a press release the district sent out minutes ago.

The meeting comes in response to the release of a just-released organization and management study conducted by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

Stewart called the district workforce "dispirited and discouraged," in the press release. "It is within our power to address many of their concerns," he said in the statement.

While we at the Gradebook try to make sense of the report over the next several hours, we encourage you to do the same. Here is the full text of the press release:

Pinellas County School Board, district leadership to meet in special workshop Monday, Feb. 27

Members of the Pinellas County School Board and Superintendent John Stewart’s Cabinet will meet in a special workshop at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27 to begin discussing a possible administrative restructuring.

The conversation will center on an organization and management study conducted by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Stewart commissioned the study in November in an effort to improve operations districtwide and to determine how district administrators can better provide support to schools.

“It’s imperative for an organization as large as ours to periodically take a good hard look at itself to determine if its procedures are aligned to its mission and goals,” Stewart said. “Certainly an organization with a mission as crucial as ours – 100 percent success for all students – is duty-bound to take stock of its strengths and weaknesses, affirming the former and mitigating the latter to the largest degree possible.”

Stewart acknowledged that the report, which was based on information provided by district and school leadership, objectively articulates what the district has known for a long time.

“Our workforce is dispirited and discouraged for a number of reasons,” Stewart said. “It is within our power to address many of their concerns, and I intend to do that based on the results of the study and with the support of our School Board.”

Some of the issues identified by the FADSS group include confusion concerning who to contact for information or assistance; job descriptions that do not portray an accurate picture of position functions; and a need for more staff development.

Board members are expected to discuss the report’s findings at Monday’s workshop following Stewart’s presentation of the material. No board action will be taken, but subsequent discussions will take place at a future board workshop.

[Last modified: Friday, February 24, 2012 3:27pm]

    

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