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SRVUSD: Restructuring Educational Services Dept. will save money, enhance efficiency

Department moves among slew of new hires OK'd by school board Tuesday

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is in the midst of reorganizing the Educational Services Department, a move Superintendent Rick Schmitt says will save the district $500,000 in general fund expenditures and improve department efficiency.

As a major component of the restructuring, the Special Education Department [will be integrated with Educational Services, with assistant superintendent Toni Taylor overseeing the entire program in a newly created deputy superintendent role, effective this Saturday.

"That move, and the departures of five directors in special education and education services, has provided an opportunity for us to examine efficiencies, job roles, and responsibilities, and to restructure for improved operational efficiency and to provide better services for students and staff," Schmitt said in a communication sent out to all SRVUSD employees Wednesday.

As part of the reorganization, some positions will no longer exist: assistant director of special education, three directors of instruction, the director of assessment, research and evaluation and the coordinator of curriculum.

"In total," Schmitt wrote, "the reorganization of education services will result in approximately $500,000 of ongoing savings to the general fund."

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New hires

Several new appointments were announced at Tuesday night's school board meeting in Danville: positions in the newly structured Education Services Department, cabinet-level posts and a series of assistant principal roles.

Taylor was officially appointed as deputy superintendent of educational services. The board approved a two-year contract with Taylor, running through June 2019 and calling for an annual salary of $244,829.

Current director of instructional services Kirby Hoy was appointed executive director of secondary education, overseeing all middle and high schools and programs. Elementary director of instructional services Carol Loflin will take on the role of executive director of elementary education, overseeing most elementary schools and all elementary programs.

Kathy Moore, previously the curriculum/California state standards coordinator, was appointed as director of curriculum and instruction, overseeing all teachers on special assignment (TSA) and professional development, along with supervising some elementary schools.

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Coming from out of the district, MaryAnn Frates will assume the role of executive director of Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).

Before coming to SRVUSD, she spent four years as director of special education in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, and prior to that she held a variety of special education-related positions: three years as coordinator of special education for the Castro Valley Unified School District, six years as a special-day class teacher and program specialist in Fremont Unified and two years as a teacher and director at Seneca Center.

The district is still recruiting for a director of special education and a director of student services.

Tuesday night was also the last school board meeting for chief business officer (CBO) Scott Anderson, who has held the cabinet-level position since 2013. He will be taking a post as deputy superintendent of business services for the San Joaquin County Office of Education -- a move that other board members attributed to the long daily commute from his hometown of Manteca to the San Ramon Valley.

At the meeting, board members recognized Anderson, lauding him for exhibiting professionalism and compassion in his work. "You set the bar," board member Rachel Hurd said. "As a CBO and just as a human being."

The board hired a new CBO Tuesday, Gregory Medici, currently the CBO at Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District. Medici also previously was CBO for St. Helena Unified School District and business manager at Napa Valley Unified School District.

Medici in the San Ramon Valley. He has also worked as an attorney, with a law degree from Loyola Law School and a bachelor's degree in business economics from UCLA.

Also in upper administration, Gregory Pitzer will assume the position of director of technology, taking the place of Laurel Krsek who will soon retire.

For the last four years, Pitzer was coordinator of instructional technology for the Cupertino Union School District and before that, he served as academic technologist for the Santa Clara County Office of Education and as a digital learning network coordinator for the NASA Ames Research Center. His first foray into education was as a secondary science teacher in Oakland Unified after working as a chemist in Frankfurt, Germany.

Four assistant principal appointments were announced at Tuesday's school board meeting. Andy Briggs, who has worked in the Acalanes Union High School District for the past 17 years, will be joining the administrative staff at California High, as will Kathleen Martins, who has served as a classroom teacher and intervention specialist at Danville's Charlotte Wood Middle School since 2010.

Megan Keefer, the two-year assistant principal at Dougherty Valley High will transfer to San Ramon Valley High, where she will hold the same position. And Allison Mulliken, who served as assistant principal at Cal High for three years, will move to Stone Valley Middle School.

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SRVUSD: Restructuring Educational Services Dept. will save money, enhance efficiency

Department moves among slew of new hires OK'd by school board Tuesday

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Uploaded: Thu, Jun 29, 2017, 5:58 pm
Updated: Wed, Jul 5, 2017, 3:02 pm

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is in the midst of reorganizing the Educational Services Department, a move Superintendent Rick Schmitt says will save the district $500,000 in general fund expenditures and improve department efficiency.

As a major component of the restructuring, the Special Education Department [will be integrated with Educational Services, with assistant superintendent Toni Taylor overseeing the entire program in a newly created deputy superintendent role, effective this Saturday.

"That move, and the departures of five directors in special education and education services, has provided an opportunity for us to examine efficiencies, job roles, and responsibilities, and to restructure for improved operational efficiency and to provide better services for students and staff," Schmitt said in a communication sent out to all SRVUSD employees Wednesday.

As part of the reorganization, some positions will no longer exist: assistant director of special education, three directors of instruction, the director of assessment, research and evaluation and the coordinator of curriculum.

"In total," Schmitt wrote, "the reorganization of education services will result in approximately $500,000 of ongoing savings to the general fund."

New hires

Several new appointments were announced at Tuesday night's school board meeting in Danville: positions in the newly structured Education Services Department, cabinet-level posts and a series of assistant principal roles.

Taylor was officially appointed as deputy superintendent of educational services. The board approved a two-year contract with Taylor, running through June 2019 and calling for an annual salary of $244,829.

Current director of instructional services Kirby Hoy was appointed executive director of secondary education, overseeing all middle and high schools and programs. Elementary director of instructional services Carol Loflin will take on the role of executive director of elementary education, overseeing most elementary schools and all elementary programs.

Kathy Moore, previously the curriculum/California state standards coordinator, was appointed as director of curriculum and instruction, overseeing all teachers on special assignment (TSA) and professional development, along with supervising some elementary schools.

Coming from out of the district, MaryAnn Frates will assume the role of executive director of Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).

Before coming to SRVUSD, she spent four years as director of special education in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, and prior to that she held a variety of special education-related positions: three years as coordinator of special education for the Castro Valley Unified School District, six years as a special-day class teacher and program specialist in Fremont Unified and two years as a teacher and director at Seneca Center.

The district is still recruiting for a director of special education and a director of student services.

Tuesday night was also the last school board meeting for chief business officer (CBO) Scott Anderson, who has held the cabinet-level position since 2013. He will be taking a post as deputy superintendent of business services for the San Joaquin County Office of Education -- a move that other board members attributed to the long daily commute from his hometown of Manteca to the San Ramon Valley.

At the meeting, board members recognized Anderson, lauding him for exhibiting professionalism and compassion in his work. "You set the bar," board member Rachel Hurd said. "As a CBO and just as a human being."

The board hired a new CBO Tuesday, Gregory Medici, currently the CBO at Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District. Medici also previously was CBO for St. Helena Unified School District and business manager at Napa Valley Unified School District.

Medici in the San Ramon Valley. He has also worked as an attorney, with a law degree from Loyola Law School and a bachelor's degree in business economics from UCLA.

Also in upper administration, Gregory Pitzer will assume the position of director of technology, taking the place of Laurel Krsek who will soon retire.

For the last four years, Pitzer was coordinator of instructional technology for the Cupertino Union School District and before that, he served as academic technologist for the Santa Clara County Office of Education and as a digital learning network coordinator for the NASA Ames Research Center. His first foray into education was as a secondary science teacher in Oakland Unified after working as a chemist in Frankfurt, Germany.

Four assistant principal appointments were announced at Tuesday's school board meeting. Andy Briggs, who has worked in the Acalanes Union High School District for the past 17 years, will be joining the administrative staff at California High, as will Kathleen Martins, who has served as a classroom teacher and intervention specialist at Danville's Charlotte Wood Middle School since 2010.

Megan Keefer, the two-year assistant principal at Dougherty Valley High will transfer to San Ramon Valley High, where she will hold the same position. And Allison Mulliken, who served as assistant principal at Cal High for three years, will move to Stone Valley Middle School.

Comments

Stella
Danville
on Jul 1, 2017 at 10:34 am
Stella, Danville
on Jul 1, 2017 at 10:34 am

The district says it is saving $500,000. by reorganizing. Just last week they gave themselves a 3% raise retroactive to July 2016.
I am appalled by their arrogance.


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