Looking ahead to the 2019-20 school year, the Bexley City School District's school board has approved a new chief academic officer position.

The person who fills this role will oversee the academic performance of every school in the district and will report directly to Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller.

Board members unanimously approved the position at the Feb. 11 meeting. Miller said the chief academic officer will replace the district's existing executive director of school programs position. The executive director of school programs position currently is held by Laura Lipsett, who is set to resign on July 31 to pursue other opportunities. Lipsett has been with the district since 2011.

"The board approved the job description for the (chief academic officer) and has expressed their support of my filling the position since Dr. Lipsett is leaving the district," Miller said in an email. "The salary will be in the same range as the executive director of school programs."

The board approved a salary range for the chief academic officer position that will depend on employment negotiations with the successful candidate, district treasurer Kyle Smith said.

"That salary range for the 2019-20 school year is $108,150 to $139,050," Smith said. "Dr. Lipsett is currently at $120,310. The placement will not be approved until the board takes action to hire this person, just like other hires."

According to the job description, the chief academic officer will be responsible for "the educational performance of the district, providing leadership, vision and strategic direction for the district's curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement, and teacher/principal professional development initiatives."

Job responsibilities include supervising all principals and schools; curriculum and professional development; special education; student assistance and intervention; pursuing grants; and maintaining partnerships with businesses.

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