Makes recommendations and accepts responsibility for them
Throughout my first seven months, each decision I have made has been done with one priority in mind: doingwhat is best for children. Most of the decisions I have made have been embraced by both the Board and thecommunity while a few have not. Each time, I have accepted responsibility for them as my own whether theyare popular or unpopular. Some examples include:i.
In a short time, I have made a number of recommendations regarding employeediscipline from suspension to demotion to termination through a fair and consistentapproach. These recommendations have included former cabinet members, schoolbased administrators, teachers, and non-instructional staff. Some were challenged andquestioned, however, the recommendations were based on the need to increaseaccountability for all employees and raise the bar of expectations for our school district.ii.
Supporting the rights of the Oceanway student despite her mistakes and the threat of lawsuits and negative media reports.iii.
Revising the Schultz contract to streamline costs and own professional development.Changes were recommended despite some pushback.iv.
Phase I and II Reorganizations. Personnel changes were made to shift resources fromthe district level to the classroom, enhance human capital, reduce duplication, developthe whole child, upgrade safety and security, and streamline costs. Despite questions,there was a need to recruit outside talent while promoting talent within theorganization.v.
Supporting our partnership with Justice Teaching at Cedar Hills despite negative mediaattention.vi.
Collection of i-Pads from administrators. Unpopular among school-based administratorsbut I felt important considering that too many of our students do not have access totechnology.vii.
The decision to change the four-day work week over the summer to a five-day workweek. Upon review of the district calendar, I learned that the district office shifted to afour-day work week over the past few summers. I felt that in order to maximize ourtime to plan for 2013-2014 and increase employee productivity, it would be best toremain on the standard five-day work week. Upon consulting the Board, theinformation was passed on to employees. While the majority of employees agreed withthis decision, some did not; however, I feel that this decision was necessary to preparefor the upcoming school year.7.
Willingly implements Board decisions even if it is not his her recommendation
I have been fortunate that the Board and I have agreed on most of the recommendations that I have made.However, there are three particular examples which the Board did not agree with an initial recommendationand willingly implemented it:i.
The reinstatement of Magnet Transportation prior to Magnet Mania and the budgetdevelopment process. I planned to message that Magnet Transportation would bereinstated and an email was sent stating such. When three Board Members stated thatthey were uncomfortable with this, the decision was reversed until after the first BoardBudget Workshop.ii.
The posting of the Director of Art position after the committee meeting but prior toBoard approval. When two Board Members shared their concern regarding thisdecision, the posting was pulled and the position was not advertised until after theboard meeting.iii.
Also, when a Board Member raised concerns about the minimum qualifications for theDirector of Art position, the minimum qualifications were revised based on therecommendation by the Board Member.