BELOIT – The Beloit School District School Board recently discussed Superintendent Dan Keyser’s vision for 2021-2022 and beyond, which includes a recommendation to add more administrator positions.
Board chair Megan Miller was the only board member at Tuesday’s in-person meeting when the proposal was presented. Vice President Sean Leavy, Board Member Amiee Leavy and Clerk Maria Delgado attended virtually. Treasurer Stephanie Jacobs, Board Member Spencer Anderson and Board Member John Wong were absent.
Keyser presented a proposed new organizational chart that would include one new post to be approved in August and three additional posts for future discussion. Amiee Leavy also expressed support for an executive director position which was supported by some of the other board members.
Keyser said he is alerting the board to the discussion that will continue on August 3 at a business, finance and operations committee when he requests a stipend to create an executive director of human resources position. and responsibility during the 2021-2022 school year.
The other three positions will be discussed in more detail in the future. If the human resources position is approved at committee level, it will be voted on by the full board.
Currently, the district has a post of Executive Director of Business, Human Resources and Operations. According to the proposal, the human resources part of this post would fall under the post to be created.
The organization chart also included two new positions that would report to the Head of Communications and Marketing, Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations and Director of Community Engagement and Volunteers.
There would also be a new post under the post of Executive Director of Human Resources and Accountability to be created, that of Director of Educator Accountability and Effectiveness.
Keyser said he is also working with legal counsel to seek alignment of the job titles of key directors. He said he wasn’t ready to talk more about it at the meeting, but would share more as he got more information.
In a follow-up email after the meeting, Keyser was asked about the rationale for the executive director of human resources and accountability position and the tax impact of the various positions.
“I will present the information and rationale for returning HR to its own department on August 3 to the business, finance and operations committee,” Keyser said in his response. “At that time, I will ask the board of directors to consider adding a position so that I can hire a general manager of human resources. All other boxes are ideas that could potentially turn into positions, and the decision regarding these potential positions will be informed by the strategic planning process, equity work, and the continuous improvement process.
At present, the only position planned is that of Director General of Human Resources. If the board approves the position, I would post for the executive director of human resources, who will have a recruiting salary range of $ 120,000 to $ 130,000.
During the meeting, Amiee Leavy asked Keyser if the administrative staff had discussed the possibility of having an executive director of equity. She said the district is committed to being an anti-racist institution and it is important to support the goal through full-time positions dedicated to equity.
Sean Leavy said there had long been demands for more teachers of color in the district, and Maria Delgado said if the district did not have a minority in any leadership position, it would defeat the goal the district is trying to achieve. achieve.
Board chair Megan Miller asked if it was possible to expand the student services position or other resources around student services as there is a need for more mental health services, especially especially after the pandemic year.
Keyser said all positions could evolve into director-level leadership roles through work capacity.