By JUDY SHERIDAN
Aledo ISD trustees approved changes to the district’s organizational chart recently, adding a career tech coordinator, a math specialist, a director of personnel and a secretary to support the director of personnel for 2014-15.
The estimated impact on next year’s budget is about $275,000 for the four positions, according to superintendent Derek Citty.
Other changes move the student services position to the director level next year and phase in three core specialists through 2017-18.
The personnel director — to be hired immediately — will target the large volume of applications the district receives during the hiring season, lessening the deputy superintendent’s workload, Citty said.
Another immediate hire will be the career tech coordinator, a response to House Bill 5 making technology a focus and the district’s new partnership with Bell Helicopter.
Four core specialists appear on the amended organizational chart, but just one is planned for hire in August.
“We’ve assessed several curriculum areas, and we believe that the first curriculum specialist we’d like to plug in would be a math specialist, beginning with the 2014-15 school year,” Citty said.
“What we’d like to do is plug in the highest need as we go through those respective years.”
Chief Financial Officer Earl Husfeld said the additions would be affordable through a combination of growth revenue and expenditure cuts.
“It’s different for me to be approving new expenses before we do a budget,” Johnny Campbell said. “In the event — heaven forbid — that we find we cannot afford the positions — what do we do?”
Professional contracts have a clause that says the position exists as long as the funding’s in place, Citty replied.
“Through this decision, we’re increasing our administrative staff as opposed to our teachers,” Dr. David Tillman said. “In the past I’ve heard some concerns from the community, and I wanted to express that.”
“This is not to say we’re not going to be hiring additional staff because we have to hire staff to deal with growth,” Citty countered, saying the administrative positions would support and train teachers, a need teachers have expressed.
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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Letter to the Editor
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