Hamil­ton school board boss shuf­fles se­nior team again

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - RICHARD LEITNER

Hamil­ton public school board ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Manny Figueiredo is re­vamp­ing his se­nior man­age­ment team for the sec­ond time since tak­ing the helm two years ago, prompt­ing the de­par­ture of long­time com­mu­ni­ca­tions boss Jackie Pen­man.

The new struc­ture cre­ates two as­so­ciate ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tors, who re­place three pre­vi­ous ex­ec­u­tive su­per­in­ten­dents — a change Figueiredo said is made pos­si­ble by the de­par­ture of Peter Joshua to be­come ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor at the Peel board.

Ex­ec­u­tive su­per­in­ten­dent Stacey Zucker moves up to be­come as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of sup­port ser­vices, while Peter Sovran takes on a par­al­lel role over­see­ing learn­ing ser­vices.

Figueiredo ac­knowl­edged they will get a pay raise but said the re­struc­tur­ing is cost-neu­tral even with the ad­di­tion of one new low­er­paid su­per­in­ten­dent be­cause Joshua’s po­si­tion is elim­i­nated.

Zucker, Sovran and Joshua each earned just shy of $180,000 in 2016, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures pro­vided by the province¹s Public Sec­tor Salary Dis­clo­sure Act, pop­u­larly known as the Sun­shine List.

Figueiredo, who earned $228,107 in 2016, said the new struc­ture es­tab­lishes clearer re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, with Sovran over­see­ing the ed­u­ca­tion side and Zucker op­er­a­tional is­sues like bud­get, schools, hu­man re­sources and bus­ing.

His pre­vi­ous re­struc­tur­ing in De­cem­ber 2015 added a third ex­ec­u­tive su­per­in­ten­dent po­si­tion, filled by Zucker, the board’s trea­surer.

“With three peo­ple, that some­times cre­ated a bit of con­fu­sion who’s car­ry­ing what, who’s got what re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Figueiredo said.

“Ev­ery time there’s a change, there’s al­ways an op­por­tu­nity and it’s in­cum­bent on us to just re­view what has been the strengths, what has been ar­eas of need, and then ad­just ac­cord­ingly.”

Figueiredo said the other ma­jor change sees the com­mu­ni­ca­tions depart­ment add com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and public con­sul­ta­tion to its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as rec­om­mended by an au­dit two years ago.

It will be headed by Shawn McKil­lop, who worked for the board seven years ago be­fore leav­ing to join the Grand Erie board, where he per­formed a sim­i­lar man­age­rial role to the new one in Hamil­ton and earned $143,582 in 2016.

Figueiredo said Pen­man, who earned $135,758 in 2016, has left the board and didn¹t ap­ply for the new role af­ter de­cid­ing “it was not the op­por­tu­nity she was seek­ing.”

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