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Kellogg recasts structure of school district administration

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Westerville City School officials shuffled around several district-level and building-level positions and duties for the next school year.

Superintendent John Kellogg, who took over leadership of the district at the start of this school year, shuffled around administration positions to help align the district's goals within the Strategic Plan and Teaching and Learning Roadmap.

He said at the school board meeting May 5 that these changes provide more support directly to schools and create a structure for the board and superintendent to establish policies, procedures and goals.

Some of these changes include:

• Reducing from two assistant superintendents to one deputy superintendent.

The district did not replace former Assistant Superintendent Karen McClellan last year. Assistant Superintendent and COO Mark Hershiser will officially become deputy superintendent and help with district policy and guidelines, department budget oversight and state reporting.

• Reducing from six executive director positions to five executive directors.

The district eliminated the executive director of pupil services/special education position. Barb Wallace, who currently holds that position, will become the executive director of elementary academic affairs, which has been a vacant post.

The reduction means two executive directors for curriculum instead of three.

• Shifting director positions in various departments.

The district added two additional human resources directors: one director for certificated staff and one for classified staff. Also, officials established a director of special education to replace the former executive director position and a director of facilities position.

• Increasing coordinator position from 11 to 13.

These positions include adding a coordinator of minority achievement and a career technical coordinator.

"We shrink at the top with fewer assistant superintendents, fewer executive directors," Kellogg said at the Board of Education meeting.

"Directors and coordinators for us are out in the field, working with principals and teachers more directly."

These switches also mean fewer policy makers for curriculum.

"This is kind of a leaner, meaner machine to move forward," Kellogg said.

This may mean salary adjustments, too. Greg Viebranz, spokesman for the district, said the details are still being finalized but changes are being made within current budget constraints.

"We continue to project a positive cash balance in our general fund through fiscal year 2018, which means we will have stretched our emergency operating levy (approved by the community in March 2012) three years beyond our original projection," Viebranz said in an email.

Principal changes

Changes also are in store to the district's building-level leadership for next year.

Current Emerson Elementary School Principal Vicki Jarrell and Hanby Elementary School Principal Janet Fedorenko will be stepping down as principals and taking on other roles in the district.

Jarrell will become the district's full-time coordinator of gifted and talented services. She has been working the position part time as well as maintaining her responsibilities as principal.

Fedorenko will lead both Hanby and Emerson to help the teaching staff with curriculum and professional development for the three magnet programs. She will complete her assignment and is scheduled to retire at the end of next school year.

Fedorenko has been principal at Hanby for 13 years. Since she will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year, she said this would be a good transition for everyone.

"We want to strengthen the magnet programs," Fedorenko said. "I think that knowing that I was going to retire, this is a really good transition because I'll still be able to work with parents, students and teachers as they develop the program."

According to a district press release, these transitions provide "ongoing administrative support at both Hanby and Emerson elementary schools, adequate time for a new Magnet Program principal to transition into his or her position, additional support to Magnet program teachers as the curriculum is strengthened, and a long-range professional development program for those who will deliver Magnet Program instruction."

The district will hire one principal who will be responsible for both Hanby and Emerson elementary schools. The principal will take on the day-to-day administrative operations of both schools.

The district posted the position May 2 to ensure there will be a principal by the next school year.

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