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PSS revises new organizational chart

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IN a recent Board of Education meeting, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada presented a revised organizational chart for the Public School System and the salary adjustment for key officials and school administrators.

Ada said the revision reflects the proper and correct program titles of PSS.

On June 4, the BOE approved the new organizational chart, which abolished the titles of four associate commissioners and, in effect, reduced the salaries of PSS officials and school administrators.

Ada said the revised chart aims to stabilize the functions, roles and responsibilities of PSS programs under executive leadership.

Based on the revised organizational chart, the commissioner of education has direct supervision over school principals, the human resources office, federal programs, all grants, Instructional Technology/Distance Education, State Infrastructure Technology, Family and Community Engagement, and the special evaluation program. 

In addition, the commissioner “has the responsibility to oversee school administrators and conduct annual performance evaluations, as well as to stay abreast of the current events in school,” Ada said.

The revised organizational chart retains one associate commissioner. Kimo Rosario has been appointed in the position, and he will oversee the PSS services program, including  the Office on Accountability, Research and Evaluation, Office of Curriculum and Instruction and Student Support Services.

Rosario is no longer the PSS finance director, but he will still oversee finance/payroll/ procurement and supply, the Pupil Transportation Office, Facilities and Development Management, Child Nutrition Program and School Environment.

Ada said the salary adjustment that goes with the new organizational chart was implemented on July 6.

Under the new compensation plan, a program manager’s maximum flat rate is $55,000 a year; director, $65,000; and senior director,  $75,000.

For vice principals, the maximum rate is $55,000 annually.

“Whoever is receiving over $55,000 will go down to $55,000. Whoever is receiving below $55,000 will remain wherever they are at,” Ada told the board.

A $65,000 annual salary is the maximum rate for  principals, Ada said. “Most of our principals have been in the system for more than nine years.”

The salary adjustment for principals and vice principals will be implemented this month.

PSS aims to save  $1 million a year.

In an earlier interview, Rosario said the pay cuts will apply to key officials only.

Ada said the salaries of teachers and school support staff were not adjusted, but their work hours per pay period were reduced to 64 from 80.

 

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