Dir. of schools expected to announce changes to Central Office - WKRN News 2

Metro director of schools expected to announce changes to Central Office

Posted: Updated: Jan 22, 2013 10:32 PM

On Wednesday, Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools is expected to announce a plan to reorganize the district's Central Office.

According to the announcement, these changes will help accelerate the overall district transformation by de-centralizing decision-making power and giving more autonomy to individual school principals.

However, on Tuesday in an open letter to Dr. Register, several Metro council members expressed their concern and offered a few suggestions for the betterment of the students.

"Overall the district is just not making progress fast enough," District 23 council woman, Emily Evans told Nashville's News 2.

The letter from council members Emily Evans, Fabian Bedne, Anthony Davis, Sandra Moore and Peter Westerholm ask that Dr. Register follow the recommendations from the Tribal Group, a British consulting firm brought in to examine the district starting with operations at the central office.

"In order to achieve more autonomy for principals, I think we're going to need to see a pretty big restructuring of the organizational chart at MNPS," District 7 council member Anthony Davis told Nashville's News 2. "We're probably going to see some positions removed a more nimble centralized office that the academics flow from there."

The council members are also calling for the district to search for the very best candidates, especially when it comes to key positions in the central office.

"We also would like to see a national search for those top positions, the record for some of our existing management at MNPS is not particularly good in terms of ACT scores and achievement," Evans said.

"There's certainly a possibility to promote from within but we feel like perhaps now is the time with these recommendations being made and things shifting around so much maybe now is the time to look for the best people we can possibly find," Davis said.

The council members are asking that senior level positions be filled by qualified administrators that have a proven track record for improving test scores, like the ACT.

The letter points out that according to district data, almost three fourths of MNPS high school students scored below a 21 on the ACT.

Though Metro Council doesn't have a say in the day to day operations and management of Metro schools, they feel an obligation to tax payers and hope to work with the district to improve the district.

"I think these recommendations will save tax dollars as well or at least get the dollars into the schools as opposed to in the central office," Davis said.

The announcement is set for Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

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