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Statement Regarding Reorganization Plan Presented at January 16, 2019 Board of Education Work Session Meeting

 

Statement Regarding Reorganization Plan Presented at January 16, 2019 Board of Education Work Session Meeting

 

The Parma City School District is committed to following three major goals: practice fiscal responsibility, increase student achievement and improve transparency throughout our three communities.

 

To reinforce those goals, Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D. introduced at the January 16, 2019 Parma City School District Board of Education Work Session meeting an administrative reorganization plan and building repurposing plan which would affect the school district and community.

 

The administrative reorganization plan includes the reduction of 14 administrative positions at the districtʼs Central Office building. However, the district will create a number of new positions to better align and support key strategic goals and objectives that Dr. Smialek has outlined. In addition, the district would make a proportional reduction in support staff at the Central Office building. Approximately $920,000 from Central Office will be redeployed to our school buildings. 

 

This administrative reorganization plan will increase clarity of communication between administration and schools, provide alternative educational options for students and strengthen the overall instructional leadership structure of the district. This plan is just one way the district aims to improve academic performance, while meeting the needs of all students, given the financial realities the district currently faces.

 

The new positions created by this reorganization plan would directly benefit school buildings and district initiatives. Some of the new Administrative positions to be added include Dean of Students at elementary and middle schools, the addition of a middle school counselor, the addition of district representatives at the high school level and the creation of alternative education options for high school students through the PASS (Parma Alternative Secondary School) program.

 

In addition to the administrative reorganization outlined at the Work Session meeting, Dr. Smialek presented a plan to repurpose a current PCSD elementary school building into a center which locally serves Special Education students. Dr. Smialek presented the idea of repurposing the current Renwood Elementary, located in the center of the district, into the Renwood Opportunity Center.

 

The creation of the Renwood Opportunity Center would provide more in-district educational opportunities and services for students, while presenting increased fiscal savings. Approximately 27 students with designated disabilities currently receive their education outside the district at other facilities, based on their specific needs. By providing this resource to students and families, the Parma Schools could save over $2 million in tuition payments and transportation costs.

 

Current K-4 elementary students enrolled at Renwood Elementary School would be assigned to other Parma City School District elementary school buildings beginning in August 2019. Parents of those affected Renwood students are invited to attend a special information meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at Parma Senior High School Little Theater. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.

 

More information from the January 16, 2019 Board of Education Work Session meeting will be available on the district website at www.parmacityschools.org.

 

Click on the link below to download the statement from the PCSD regarding the reorganization plan presented at the January 16, 2019 Board of Education Work Session Meeting.

 

Statement Regarding Reorganization Plan Presented at January 16, 2019 Board of Education Work Session Meeting