School dis­trict mulls re­struc­tur­ing

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News -

ONEIDA, N.Y. >> Oneida City School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Mary-Mar­garet Zehr has pro­posed mas­sive re­struc­tur­ing to the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Zehr has pro­posed elim­i­nat­ing the as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent for in­struc­tion po­si­tion and re­plac­ing it with a dis­trict wide po­si­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tor for cur­ricu­lum, in­struc­tion, and as­sess­ment. The su­per­in­ten­dent would take on some of the du­ties of the for­mer as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent for in­struc­tion. The dis­trict would also elim­i­nate the high school prin­ci­pal po­si­tion and cre­ate an ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal K-12 po­si­tion, whose re­spon­si­bil­i­ties would be to pro­vide and fa­cil­i­tate a con­tin­u­ous sup­port for stu­dents in the ar­eas of so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­men­tal learn­ing, ca­reer/col­lege readi­ness, school cli­mate/stu­dent en­gage­ment, and at­ten­dance.

“As a school dis­trict, we have seen a de­cline in en­roll­ment and a dra­matic in­crease of stu­dents and fam­i­lies that need var­i­ous sup­port ser­vices in­clud­ing aca­demic, so­cial, emo­tional, health, and wel­fare needs,” Zehr said in a post on the dis­trict’s Face­book page Fri­day. “There is no sin­gle ad­min­is­tra­tive staff mem­ber fo­cus­ing on so­cial emo­tional learn­ing, ca­reer/col­lege readi­ness, school cli­mate/stu­dent en­gage­ment, and at­ten­dance pro­grams through­out the dis­trict- K-12.”

The board of ed­u­ca­tion will re­view the sug­ges­tions and come to a de­ci­sion in March. If ap­proved, the dis­trict would be­gin in­ter­view­ing can­di­dates for both new po­si­tions for a July 2019 start.

“I be­lieve that this new struc­ture will al­low the dis­trict to im­prove school con­di­tions for stu­dent learn­ing by pro­vid­ing so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­men­tal sup­ports for stu­dents, pro­vid­ing ef­fec­tive tran­si­tions from ele­men­tary school to mid­dle school and from the mid­dle school to high school, im­prov­ing school cli­mate, mak­ing dis­ci­pline prac­tices more pos­i­tive, and in­creas­ing stu­dent en­gage­ment,” Zehr said.

To re­view Zehr’s pro­posal, visit www.onei­dacsd.org/news/what_s_new/re­or­ga­ni­za­tion_pro­posal.

The OCSD Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meets on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Otto Short­ell Mid­dle School, 200 Markell Drive, Wampsville, and on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Dis­trict Of­fice, 565 Sayles St., Oneida.

“As a school dis­trict, we­have seen a de­cline in en­roll­ment and a dra­matic in­crease of stu­dents and fam­i­lies that need var­i­ous sup­port ser­vices in­clud­ing aca­demic, so­cial, emo­tional, health, and wel­fare needs.”

— Oneida City School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Mary-Mar­garet Zehr

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