Archive for Monday, October 24, 2011

Former California educator named to Lawrence school district’s administrative team

October 24, 2011, 4:42 p.m. Updated October 24, 2011, 7:21 p.m.


A retired district administrator from southern California is replacing an administrator who is retiring from the Lawrence school district.

Lucy Haines Dechairo, who retired during the past school year as director of curriculum and instruction for the Carlsbad (Calif.) school district, starts work Tuesday as the Lawrence district’s director of administrative services.

Members of the Lawrence school board approved her hiring Monday night, on the recommendation of Rick Doll, district superintendent.

Dechairo takes over for Rick Gammill, who retired as the district’s director of special operations, safety and transportation. The board accepted and approved Gammill’s retirement in September, with his 11 years in the district formally scheduled to end Oct. 31.

The position Dechairo is accepting includes broader responsibility, stretching into the academic side of district business.

While Gammill reported directly to the district’s chief operations officer, Dechairo also reports to Kim Bodensteiner, the district’s chief academic officer. That’s because Dechairo’s responsibilities go beyond bus transportation, security and other operational programs to also include work on academics: specifically, state and federal student educational programs, plus other duties as needed.

Her base salary is $85,000.

“The redesign of this administrative position will enable us to better support both our academic and operations divisions and promote overall efficiency of the school system, while maximizing student learning,” said Rick Doll, district superintendent, in a statement.

In Carlsbad, Dechairo worked in a district of similar size, about 11,000 students, but with fewer schools. While Lawrence has 14 elementary schools, Carlsbad has nine, including one with an International Baccalaureate program. Carlsbad also has one high school, with plans for another on the way.

There, she worked on a program that provides access to curricula for college readiness, an effort for all students and aimed specifically at student segments historically underrepresented in higher education. She also created a Summer Curriculum Institute for teachers.

Dechairo, who grew up in southern California, is a former bilingual teacher and former elementary, middle school and high school principal.

“My husband grew up in the community and attended the University of Kansas and KU Medical School,” Dechairo said, in a statement released by the district. “As we returned to the area for reunions and events, I fell in love with Lawrence. I feel that there’s still work to be done in education, and this is an opportunity to take all of my administrative experiences in the K-12 setting and use those to be a resource wherever I can be of support to another administrator, teacher or school family.”


patkindle 6 years, 8 months ago

this is a great move, we sure need more administrators at us497 it is even better when we get retired ones from califorina instead of some person from the midwest or at least lawrence that needs, and is looking for work and could use a cushy 85k job good job usd497, keep up your find work of spending the tax payers money so wisely

Windemere 6 years, 8 months ago

If she is able & willing to address the serious problems concerning standards based reporting, maybe not a bad hire. There is someone at USD 497 that needs reining in in a big way.

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

She's got experience with an International Baccalaureate program, which is probably why they hired her. They were considering turning one of the less attended schools into an IB magnet, if I recall.

greywolf85203 6 years, 8 months ago

Yeah they were but they closed that school which was Wakarusa now its the virtual school.

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

They're still closing schools, so they might still want to go with that plan. Plus ol' Brownie is going to try for his ALEC model legislation for charters. They probably want the ability to whip out a charter proposal right away to keep tax money in the district and keep the old school buildings from going on fire sale.

Godot 6 years, 8 months ago

By retiring from the completely failed CA public school system, with a retirement surely in the over $100K figures, with her $85K plus benefits, this girl is really, close to being a member of the 1 percent, all on the taxpayer dime. You go, girl!

Scott Morgan 6 years, 8 months ago

It wouldn't be so hard to swallow director of curriculum and instruction for the Carlsbad (Calif.) school district............hired by we taxpayers to do............district’s director of special operations, safety and transportation

hmmmmmm? Sounds like we would be doing a better job hiring a transportation expert, or x cop.

We wonder why our schools are failing.

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

I think our schools are failing because we don't adequately warn against the dangers of elipses abuse.

bornon7 6 years, 8 months ago

What should really irk you is the fact that they hired Leah Weseman up there to head ESL. Check out HER credentials....oops....I mean last name. I am on Team Teachers. Administrators in Lawrence are embarrassing. Alas, it is most likely like this is most small towns....

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