May 18, 2009

Schools to trim a trio of administrators

To trim expenses, the Board of Education is downsizing its central office.
Three administrative postions, including the assistant superintendent for business, are being axed at the end of June in a bid to save more than $250,000 annually, according to Superintendent Philip Streifer.
The goal is “putting resources into the classrooms where they’re really needed,” Streifer said.
The Board of Education requested nearly $104 million for the coming year fiscal year, about $3.7 million more than it got this year. Its members said they needed that much for a “go forward” spending plan that simply maintained the status quo.
But the Board of Finance plans tonight to approve a city budget that includes a $1.9 million increase for the schools, leaving educators with at least a $1.5 million gap to close through greater efficiency or trimmed programs.
Streifer said the administrative shakeup, in which he’ll take on many of the duties of the business manager role, is one key to resolving the fiscal problem without hurting students.
In addition to eliminating the assistant superintendent for business post, which is currently filled on a temporary basis by a retiree, the schools intend to trim an administrator in the office of teaching and learning ad another in the special education supervisor’s office.
City Comptroller Glenn Klocko said he’s never seen a school superintendent take on the duties of a district’s business manager as well.
He said Streifer faces “a monumental task,” Klocko said.
Streifer said he’s been itching to learn more about the exact details of how the money flows within the school budget so the change will give him the chance to delve into details that others traditionally have overseen.
“I’m pretty confident it will run pretty well,” Streifer said, though he admitted “I don’t know what I don’t know.”
One aspect of the business manager’s job that Streifer won’t handle is supervising transportation. That will fall instead to Greg Boulanger, who has been in charge of food services. He’ll do both after July 1.
Retired business manager William Smyth, who stepped down last summer and returned temporarily this spring after his successor unexpectedly resigned, will be kept on as a consultant so that Streifer can call for help whenever he needs it.
Streifer said the cost-cutting measures eyed by education leaders should ensure that no layoffs are needed among teachers and those in the classroom. He said he wants to keep the impact of budget woes away from students as much as possible.
The cuts in administrative slots won’t lead to layoffs either because of retirements and people leaving the district for other jobs, including Jennings Principal Gail Gilmore, who is taking a job as assistant superintendent in Wolcott.
Streifer said the district’s administrators generally took a positive view of the changes, which were talked about with the union and developed over four or five months.

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Contact Steve Collins at scollins@bristolpress.com

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sort of makes you wonder if the OTL and Special Ed positions were EVER needed! Glad to see what they're doing is really "for the kids" for a change. Good move.

Anonymous said...

THIS ISNT EVEN A START THE WAY HE SPENDS MONEY. HOW ABOUT HIS PAY. WE NEED MORE .

Anonymous said...

Gotta wonder what the schools have been teaching the youth of Bristol .


I was wondering ..... Has all the hype about naming the skate park after the teen boy started a competition ???

Yet another teen boy had an accident w/ a truck in the same area over the weekend .

Was he looking for a park to be named in his honor but was a bit slow and ran into the truck instead of being hit by it ??

Anonymous said...

Re: 5:33 Poster

Let's see, you take on additional responsibilities and your boss asks that you take a pay cut?

What say you?

Anonymous said...

Yes, 7:46, if you make an outrageous amount of money and times get tough and your underlings are being laid off, yes, you take on more work and you cut your pay. Absolutely. It's happening all over the private sector.

Bastard said...

7:19 IS ONE SICK BASTARD, BE THANKFUL THAT YOU NEVER HAVE TO WEAR THOSE SHOES, YOU PIECE OF CRAP.

Anonymous said...

the superintendent should take a pay cut. why not him?

Anonymous said...

Hope Ward follows this example.

Anonymous said...

A LOT MORE ROOM TO CUT THE SCHOOL BUDGET THIS GUY THINKS THE PEOPLE IN BRISTOL ARE STUPID . HE GETS HIS LESSONS FROM TOM OBRIEN. THEY BOTH STRUT AROUND LIKE BIG SHOTS ON DADDYS MONEY.

blink said...

already has 6:30 - try to read the paper, not just look at the pictures.

Anonymous said...

THE TAX PAYERSIN BRISTOL NEED RELEIF NOT MORE MONEY IN THE SCHOOL BUDGET. BRISTOL HAS LOST THE GOOD TAX PAYERS IN EXCHANGE FOR DRUG ATTICS AND CRIMANALS AND STREIFER AND OBRIEN CANT HELP THESE PEOPLE.

Anonymous said...

language children.............

Anonymous said...

7:27

Name one person that Ward has let go, or positions that he has combined.
Name one.

All the cuts have come from the town manager, Kloko.

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