Schools add new job titles

The Board of Education approved several items at its Monday meeting, including the addition of three new positions along with their respective job descriptions.
Dec 3, 2013
Tim Setterlund

The Board of Education approved several items at its Monday meeting, including the addition of three new positions along with their respective job descriptions.

The board voted to add the positions of Deputy Director of Academics, Deputy Director of Student Services and Deputy Director of Talent Management, but not without discussion.

Board member Bill Robinson wanted to defer a vote on the issue until board members could discuss it in a work session

"I would feel more comfortable if we had more open discussion on how this will be funded," said Robinson.

Larry Tomlinson echoed Robinson's concern, asking if the addition of the positions would affect the budget. 

Director of Schools Tim Setterlund said it would not.

 "I would not hire these positions if it would increase the budget," said Setterlund.

Tomlinson also wanted to know if there was a timeline to hire someone to fill the newly created roles.

Setterlund said he had a "sense of urgency" regarding the addition of these positions in order to "reorganize in the best interest of our students."

Board Chairman Don Weathers commended Setterlund.

"This is a good move," said Weathers. "You have to be willing to make changes. We have to listen to his recommendation and grow with it."

On a final note before voting, Tomlinson said "I certainly hope if we do do this and we have capable people in our system to do this, I hope they will be considered. Our teachers and current employs are the ones I'm concerned about."

The board will meet for a work session on Jan. 10, 2014 and will hold its next meeting Jan. 13.

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