Morgan Announces Reorganization to Improve Efficiency
CONTACT: Carol Mowen, Public Information Officer, 301-766-29968
HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 16, 2006) – In order to improve efficiency and better utilize system resources, the Superintendent, Elizabeth Morgan, has announced a reorganization plan for the executive administration of the Washington County Public Schools. According to Superintendent Morgan, the reorganization is based on the priorities of the school system’s strategic Master Plan and other needs.“Maryland’s Bridge To Excellence and the Federal No Child Left Behind Act’s mandates and requirements have accelerated the need to carefully examine our organizational structure for maximum efficiency in order to reach our stated goals and outcomes,” said Dr. Morgan. “This reorganization is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that the Central Office delivers the needed support to schools, resulting in instructional improvements for students and improved efficiency in departments system-wide.”
This reorganization will be accomplished within the existing budget allocations. “By eliminating and redeploying positions, we are able to utilize staff where most needed,” said Edward Forrest, Board president. “This redeployment will provide for improved accountability and more efficient use of resources in the areas of school operations, facilities planning, and instruction, as well as system development and improvements at virtually no cost to the taxpayer.”
Highlights of the reorganization follow:
- Eliminate the position of Chief Operating Officer
- Realign facilities planning and other support services under an Assistant Superintendent for Operations that subsumes part of the position of the former Chief Operating Officer role
- Reorganize existing staff to create the Office of System-wide Improvement, Efficiency, and Accountability.
- Headed by the Deputy Superintendent, this division includes the following departments: Student Services, Professional Development, Information Management and Instructional Technology, Testing and Accountability, Development, Public Information, and Security Management.
- This division provides for the rapid deployment of cross-functional teams to work on specialized projects and to address systemic issues.
- This division also includes a restructured position of Director of System Development, which subsumes some of the duties of the Director of Funded and Special Programs, thus eliminating that position from the organizational structure.
- Change the title of the Executive Directors to Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction and an Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction - duties remain essentially the same as presently structured under the Executive Directors.
- The elementary division includes elementary principals and schools, elementary curriculum specialists, Title I, and Advanced Programs.
- The secondary division includes secondary principals and schools, secondary curriculum specialists, Alternative Programs, and Advanced Programs.
- Upgrade the Director of Budget and Finance to Chief Financial Officer and a direct report to the Superintendent; upgrade the Supervisor of Accounting to Director.
Updated WCPS Central Office organizational chart (1 page PDF - 55.47 KB)