By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Quincy School Board approved the release of 16 employees Wednesday while also announcing a major restructuring of the district's Central Office administration.
The honorable dismissals affected three certified staff members and 13 paraeducators. Interim Superintendent Joel Murphy said the certified staff members who were released are not likely to be brought back, but it's "possible" some of the paraeducators might be rehired if certain grants get renewed.
The district had to take action now so the employees would be given adequate notice for a sufficient length of time before the fiscal year ends June 30.
Murphy said the plan to restructure the Central Office calls for replacing the two current assistant superintendents and the director of technology and testing with two academic directors and a director of human resources.
One academic director will be in charge of pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, while the secondary academic director will be in charge of grades 7 through 12.
The human resources director will be in charge of all school personnel.
The new positions will replace those currently held by Trish Sullivan-Viniard, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, who is leaving to take a superintendent's job in LaGrange, Ill.; Christie Dickens, the assistant superintendent for administrative services, who is retiring; and Jody Cooper, the technology and testing director, who is retiring.
Murphy said the elementary and secondary academic directors will oversee curriculum matters at their respective grade levels. They also will take on responsibility for all instructional technology in the various grades. In other words, they will decide how computers and other devices are to be used in classrooms and integrated into the academic settings.
Both academic directors will have supervision over various other administrators and will be responsible for evaluating principals, assistant principals and teachers at the various grade levels.
Murphy said the restructuring plan is expected to save the district between $70,000 and $100,000. He said the district currently pays a combined salary of $487,000 to the three administrators who are leaving the district. He said the salaries for the two academic directors and the HR director could be as low at $410,000 or as high as $450,000, depending on salary negotiations.
Murphy said the three job openings were to be posted Thursday morning and the interviewing process is expected to move along quickly. He's hoping the three new administrators can be named by the School Board's April meeting.
"We want to try to move this forward as quickly as possible," he said.
The three certified employees who were released were all part-timers who served the district for just part of the 2012-13 school year, according to Interim Superintendent Joel Murphy. They are Tori Campbell of Washington Elementary School, Krys Eversden-Duesterhaus of Adams Elementary School and Pam Potter, who works in the district's music program.
The 13 paraeducators being released are Andrew Rains of Quincy High School, Linda Godsey of Baldwin South, Toni Smith of Monroe School, Renee Degitz of Madison, Peggy Anderson of Quincy Junior High, Ladonna Frieden of Baldwin South, Tahnee Bauer of Baldwin South, Alason Vecchie of the Early Childhood and Family Center, Kevin Krietemeyer of Quincy High School, Catherine Rains of Adams School, Haley Tournear of Ellington, Jeanette Korschot of Baldwin South and Pam Peters of Washington School.