Jefferson County Public Schools’ new chiefs will meet this week to begin reorganizing the district’s central administration.
Superintendent Donna Hargens hired five new chiefs to report directly to her after an audit agency recommended the central office staff be reduced and reorganized for efficiency. The person hired to be chief of diversity and communications, Jamilah Fraser, rescinded her offer earlier this month, and that position is expected to be filled in the coming weeks, said Hargens.
The new chiefs will now be charged with reorganizing their departments around the district’s strategic plan.
Robert Rodosky is chief of data and program evaluation. Part of his job will be to determine the effectiveness of the district’s nearly 800 programs and interventions, he said. Those that aren’t up to par will be cut.
“What I’m trying to do is I’m trying to put a planning process in place that will say this program is going to address this need and here are the results we are going to expect if we have this program etcetera,” said Rodosky.
The chiefs will also determine their staffs, which may include filling some of 100-plus positions frozen since last year. The district has also shifted some positions between departments, said Rodosky. But, he said, he has always liked to keep his staff small and doesn’t intend on adding many positions to his department.
“I like to attack problems using technology and using systems. I don’t usually like to add staff,” he said.
Rodosky is expected to be joined by Cordelia Hardin, the district’s chief financial officer, Michael Raisor, the chief operations officer and Dewey Hensley, the chief academic officer at Monday night’s board meeting.