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Livingston Board of Education Approves Reorganization of Top Administrators  

Mike Ramer asks the BOE for a fuller explanation of why the changes in the LPS organizational structure are needed now Credits: Alan Grossman

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston Public Schools (LPS) will move from its current structure of having two assistant superintendents to a new structure with one assistant superintendent and four directors. This decision was part of the vote taken by the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) at its meeting on Monday to approve new job descriptions and a supportive administrative structure.

Superintendent of Schools Christina Steffner said that change in the job titles and duties of three administrative leadership positions will enable the central office team to have key educational and program elements aligned in the “most effective manner.”

The changes include dividing the duties of top administrators among four directors responsible for guidance, special education, curriculum, instruction, professional development and testing.

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According to the newly approved plan, the assistant superintendent will oversee the coordination of all educational and support programs within the district. The professional in this position will direct an ongoing program of curriculum, instructional evaluation and professional development to enable the district to continually upgrade and improve its effectiveness in meeting the educational needs of each student.

“This reorganization is budget neutral,” said Steffner. “It allows for more face-to-face time between the administrators and supervisors. It should break up the silos that currently exist.”

During public comment, resident Mike Ramer expressed his feeling that there has not been sufficient explanation of why the changes in the LPS organizational structure are needed now. He said there is a need for “success guidelines” for the four new positions, including the new Dean of Students position approved at the April LBOE meeting.

Among his questions were, “If the new reporting structure, or a new position, is not effective according to pre-determined guidelines, is the administration prepared to make further organizational changes, add or eliminate positions as appropriate?”

Another resident who questioned the advisability of the changes was Joyce Gore.

“Looking at the organizational chart, the new assistant superintendent will have to be either Superman or Superwoman to take on all the responsibilities they are in charge of,” she said.

Steffner assured Gore that the duties of the assistant superintendent were doable, and that responsibilities will be delegated where needed. She also said that the new Dean of Students position is needed to provide additional support for students who need greater emotional and social support to succeed at school.

To read more about this meeting, where the manager of buildings and grounds for LPS revealed the results of testing water outlets in all schools, click HERE.

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