Wichita superintendent John Allison said he restructured top-level administrators to make the district more responsive and to support its transition to Common Core academic standards.
“When you look at the massive undertaking of the instructional change we’re trying to make, and as we got feedback from principals and coaches and teachers … I felt like, with this alignment, we could respond more quickly,” Allison said. “We’d be able to provide additional support that will help us really move forward.”
Allison announced the changes with an e-mail to employees last week. One administrator’s salary will increase and at least one new position was created, he said, but the changes overall are revenue-neutral.
“The responsibilities are either not changing or growing,” he said. “We’ll begin to work on how do we streamline our whole salary schedule as well.”
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Neil Guthrie, formerly division director for special education and support services, was named assistant superintendent of student support. His salary will go from $121,679 to $124,177 a year – the same as assistant superintendents Alicia Thompson and Bill Faflick.
Denise Seguine, assistant superintendent of learning services, will continue to make $137,473 a year, the same salary she had as chief academic officer.
Tiffinie Irving, formerly executive director of elementary schools, was named executive director of instructional support, a new position. She will oversee instructional coaches and those who facilitate the Multi-Tiered System of Supports, a districtwide plan to improve student achievement and behavior, Allison said.
He said he plans to “eventually” fill Irving’s previous position.
Any new posts or increases will be financed in part by savings from not filling the chief operating officer position, Allison said. Denise Wren, who left the district last summer, made $135,700 a year. Allison said he plans to leave that post vacant.
“Julie (Hedrick) and Darren (Muci) have stepped into that role and have really worked to assume a number of those responsibilities,” Allison said. Hedrick is director of facilities; Muci is director of operations.
Several administrators’ responsibilities shifted as part of the reorganization, Allison said.
Seguine will now oversee career and technical education, English for Speakers of Other Languages and principals on special assignment.
Thompson, assistant superintendent of elementary schools, will oversee magnet programs. Faflick, assistant superintendent of secondary schools, will oversee the JROTC program, which formerly was under curriculum and instruction.
Guthrie will oversee the district’s hearing office, which formerly was Faflick’s responsibility.
“I just started by (saying), ‘OK, what staff do we have within our existing resources?’” Allison said. “Let’s get this more closely aligned to be able to meet the needs of our buildings in a more efficient manner.”
He said he plans to re-evaluate the district’s salary structure for administrators but wanted to implement these changes first.
“I can’t say that there won’t be (more changes). I think this is the majority of it,” he said.
“As we work through the transition and how all the pieces fit, if I think there’s something that we need to change or realign, we’ll do it.”