Central Office Leaders Reorganized

The Board of Education approved a reorganization of central office personnel this week.  The consolidation saves about $200,000 and allows for concerted implementation of the state’s rigorous new academic standards districtwide.

Promoted to assistant superintendent of secondary schools was Peter Davis, who was director of middle/K-8 schools.  Secondary grades include middle and high schools, with Davis assuming the high school duties of Maggie Webster, the assistant superintendent who recently retired.

Jill Baker, who was assistant superintendent of elementary, K-8 and middle schools, was named assistant superintendent for elementary and K-8 schools/chief academic officer.  As part of her duties, she will work with principals districtwide regarding school-site implementation of the state’s Common Core academic standards.  Baker also will work closely with Deputy Superintendent Christine Dominguez, whose office will oversee the districtwide transition plan for the Common Core standards, developing curriculum, assessment and training.

The Common Core standards provide a new set of expectations to ensure college and career readiness.  Implementation of the Common Core in California’s schools will occur in stages beginning this year, with full implementation scheduled for the 2014-15 school year.  The standards were developed through a state-led effort including governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states.

As part of the reorganization, Ruth Ashley, who was assistant superintendent for human resource services, was named assistant superintendent for human resource services/leadership development.

Thomas Malkus, who was program administrator for leadership development, will be director of secondary schools.

Yvette Streeter, who was program administrator for elementary, K-8 and middle schools, will be 50 percent program administrator for HRS leadership development and 50 percent program administrator for elementary/K-8 schools.