Board Reorganizes Top Instruction Team

The Board of Education of the Long Beach Unified School District in October reorganized the responsibilities of its top managers in a continuing effort to assist underachieving schools. Instead of dividing elementary and middle schools into three separate geographic areas, schools will now be organized and administered by grade level. The change is effective November 1. Area B Superintendent Karen DeVries will become assistant superintendent for elementary schools. Area A Superintendent Dorothy Harper will become assistant superintendent for K-8 and middle schools. H.J. Green will continue as assistant superintendent for high schools. Chris Steinhauser, Area C superintendent, was promoted to deputy superintendent, a position that became available when Myrna Rivera became superintendent of the Alhambra school district. Steinhauser’s primary responsibility is to assist underachieving schools and to support the academic performance of students in all schools. The reorganization is a response to the new statewide effort to hold accountable lower achieving schools--3,500 of the 8,000 schools in the state. LBUSD Superintendent Carl Cohn serves as co-chair of the new state advisory committee for the Public Schools Accountability Act.