School board OKs new position plans

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BELOIT - The School District of Beloit Board of Education voted to approve four new job descriptions within its new organizational chart at its Tuesday evening meeting.

The new positions are part of a restructuring plan by incoming Superintendent Dr. Stanley Munro with input from Interim Superintendent Tony Bosco to reduce staff at central office and to push more resources out to the school buildings. Part of the plan includes the elimination of four of the existing top administrative positions - two assistant superintendents, the executive director of human resources and the executive director of business services as well as many other positions.

On Tuesday evening, the district released the organizational chart that had been requested by the Beloit Daily News and posted it to its website. The chart contained eight spelling errors, including in its title. School counselors was spelled "school concelors;" centralized enrollment was spelled "centeralized enrollment;" and executive was spelled "executiitve" in addition to five other spelling errors. In an interview Wednesday morning, Bosco said he and Munro had written the words on the chart containing the errors. After the newspaper inquired about the spelling errors, Bosco said he didn't use spell check and was placing a new corrected version of the chart on the district website.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board voted 4-3 to approve the executive director of business, human resources and operations job description. According to the organizational chart the position would be directly under the superintendent and would oversee the facilities director, finance director, human resource director, staffing coordinator, benefits coordinator and wellness coordinator.

President Pam Charles, board members John Wong and Wendy Sanchez and clerk Kyle Larsen voted in favor of it. Board members John Winkelmann and Megan Miller and Vice President David Wilson voted against it.

Winkelmann said he was concerned "it was too much in one position."

The board also voted 6-1 to approve the job description for executive director of school leadership and equity. All board members voted in favor of it with the exception of Wilson.

According to the chart, the executive director of school leadership would oversee the director of career and technical education. The position would also oversee the director of equity, bilingual and alternative programs; director of instructional leadership, equity and accountability; and director of instructional leadership, equity, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and innovation which are positions above a variety of district staff.

Under the new organizational chart, there will be four directors serving under the superintendent including the chief of communication and marketing; executive director of business, human resources and operations; executive director of school leadership; and the executive director of student services.

The chief of marketing and communication was not listed as overseeing any staff. When asked, Bosco said the public information officer job held by Brian Vissers was being eliminated.

The executive director of student services was listed as overseeing the homeless liaison, program managers at schools, psychologists, social workers, school counselors, centralized enrollment, the safety and security coordinator and transportation.

The board voted 5-1 to approve the literacy instructional coach job description. Wilson voted against it. Miller had left the meeting at that point. She had called in via phone but the call dropped during that part of the meeting.

The board voted 6-1 to approve the STEM instructional coach job description. Wilson voted against it.

In an earlier interview, Bosco said the district will be able to hire 12 STEM instructional coaches and 12 instructional literacy coaches to dispatch in school buildings.

(The original organizational chart as written by Bosco and Munro has been posted online at beloitdailynews.com)

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