Archive for Monday, January 26, 2009

Superintendent proposes leaner administrative team

January 26, 2009


Lawrence school Superintendent Randy Weseman wants to streamline administrative personnel in order to save money.

If the school board approves Weseman’s proposal, one administrative position will be eliminated, saving $60,000.

Here’s the plan: Frank Harwood, division director of technology, would replace Mary Rodriguez, chief operations officer, when she retires on June 30.

An information resources specialist, Chantel Nicolay, will step into a new position -- division director of technology and library media services. The position combines her current tasks with the duties of the technology director.

The information resources specialist position will be cut, saving about $60,000.

The board, which is expected to consider the plan at its meeting Monday night, must approve the changes before they would take effect on July 1.


anneht 9 years, 4 months ago

Well, that is a little tiny beginning, but it no doubt could be done on a much larger scale with no noticeable differences in how our schools are run. Top-heavy administraion is one of our major problems in Lawrence.How much longer can we endure the heavy costs of administration in Lawrence schools?

ballfieldmom 9 years, 4 months ago

Topeka Public Schools has already researched and prepared a proposal for more than $10 million in budget cuts, put together through the efforts of a Budget Reduction Committee. In the proposed cuts is a 10% reduction in adminstrative positions totalling $850,000. Topeka is being very proactive with regard to what may be coming down from the legislature. Perhaps Lawrence should follow suit.

deskboy04 9 years, 4 months ago

They could do a lot more to reduce administrative costs.

John Hamm 9 years, 4 months ago

Big bunch of "streamlining" Randy all of one position!Did anyone say "Spin City?"

budwhysir 9 years, 4 months ago

Just a question of doom I suppose but "director of technology" and "information resource specialist" do not seem like terms used every day in the class room. If I read correctly, This move claims to make a savings during the layout of the current budget. Would there be any additional costs in other areas due to this change

Sigmund 9 years, 4 months ago

"Lawrence school Superintendent Randy Weseman wants to streamline administrative personnel in order to save money."It is funny/sad that this is news. Shouldn't this have been done all along by every level of local government? It takes a dramatic economic downturn before governmet even thinks about saving $60,000/year.

deskboy04 9 years, 4 months ago

That shouldn't be their mission. Their mission should be to educate the students. But they should look at cutting overhead to help make ends meet. And yes, they should do it as cheaply as possible.

budwhysir 9 years, 4 months ago

$600000 savings in salaries= an eventual, $500,000 in fees for new football field and tennis courts

rusty2 9 years, 4 months ago

astonishing big cut there bud!and the interest costs on the new athletic fields is something like $250,000 per yearin interest for 10 years?

Tom McCune 9 years, 4 months ago

Wow! One whole administrative position!

Godot 9 years, 4 months ago

Here's a suggestion: let all Lawrence children enroll in Virtual School, eliminate the buildings, eliminate the teachers, eliminate the layers upon layers of administrative dead wood. Couldn't hurt, might help.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 4 months ago

or, the virtual smoking in the virtual boys' room! the virtual spitwods, and the virtual paddlings! ***first when I saw this, I thought they were getting "Lemur management."

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