Chariho School Parents’ Forum

May 9, 2007

Contractually obligated to be Top-Heavy?

Filed under: Budget,Chariho,RYSE — Editor @ 10:54 pm

More notes on the May 8 meeting.

We were asked to vote for the approval of the reinstatement of a Special Education Department Chair for the High School.  Board member McQuade and brought up the fact that we have a Special Education Director and Assistant.  Was the Chair necessary?

Actually, we have a Special Education Director, RYSE Director and Assistant Director, then there are Special Education Directors (I will find out if they are at each school). 

Mr. Ricci then notified us that the Department Chair was a contractual obligation as is the English Dept Chair, Math Dept Chair, etc…  I don’t doubt that this is true, but it still seems to me that we are a bit top heavy with management.  Perhaps with all the Chairs we can do without some of the assistants.  The management study seems more and more like a good idea.

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7 Comments »

  1. Seems to you we are “top heavy”? Isn’t it obvious?

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 10, 2007 @ 12:27 am | Reply

  2. CR,

    It seems so.

    I emailed Mr. Felkner about this because I feel an evaluation of this should be done by the school committee. My suggestion was to draw out a physical representation of the administration, including all directors, and their assistants. Since I watched the end of the meeting and they had discussed a contractual position that many were not aware of, I feel that this should be added to an agenda to draw up this organizational map.

    As in a business, the CEO is at the top, I would assume that the superintendent of schools is likened to a CEO. Also, the school committee should be presented in this map even though they only receive a small stipend.

    I look at this process as an aid to all involved.

    1. This will eliminate the school committee being unaware of positional contract obligations.

    2. It will show the committee where the organization is top heavy.

    3. It will help the committee to prepare for the next contract negotiations to hopefully alleviate more expenses on the taxpayer.

    4. It will educate the general public as to the administrations structural organization.

    5. Perhaps, in the process, it will determine any redundancy.

    6. Also, this will enlighten all to know what the responsibilities of these positions are.

    I ask you and others to add their comments and suggestions to this request, so that Mr. Felkner is aware of our position on the organizational structure and to let him know that we support him in this venture.

    If you disagree with this suggestion, say so.

    I believe this also goes back to the taxpayers need for accountability. This is just one avenue to help the community and the district communicate, be more knowledgable of the process, and perhaps to help all parties involved make positive changes.

    What do you think?

    Comment by Lois Buck — May 10, 2007 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  3. CR,

    It seems so.

    I emailed Mr. Felkner about this because I feel an evaluation of this should be done by the school committee. My suggestion was to draw out a physical representation of the administration, including all directors, and their assistants. Since I watched the end of the meeting and they had discussed a contractual position that many were not aware of, I feel that this should be added to an agenda to draw up this organizational map.

    As in a business, the CEO is at the top, I would assume that the superintendent of schools is likened to a CEO. Also, the school committee should be presented in this map even though they only receive a small stipend. (Building committees, too)

    I look at this process as an aid to all involved.

    1. This will eliminate the school committee being unaware of positional contract obligations.

    2. It will show the committee where the organization is top heavy.

    3. It will help the committee to prepare for the next contract negotiations to hopefully alleviate more expenses on the taxpayer.

    4. It will educate the general public as to the administrations structural organization.

    5. Perhaps, in the process, it will determine any redundancy.

    6. Also, this will enlighten all to know what the responsibilities of these positions are.

    I ask you and others to add their comments and suggestions to this request, so that Mr. Felkner is aware of our position on the organizational structure and to let him know that we support him in this venture.

    If you disagree with this suggestion, say so.

    I believe this also goes back to the taxpayers need for accountability. This is just one avenue to help the community and the district communicate, be more knowledgable of the process, and perhaps to help all parties involved make positive changes.

    What do you think?

    Comment by Lois Buck — May 10, 2007 @ 8:25 am | Reply

  4. I’m sorry my above comments posted twice. I had 2 small systems errors with WordPress while I was trying to post my comments.

    Comment by Lois Buck — May 10, 2007 @ 8:26 am | Reply

  5. I think it is great idea! Although I would be concerned about all the little boxes on the bottom getting crushed by all the big boxes at the top!

    I suspect that like so many legitimate questions, it will be hard to get a straight answer. Mr. Ricci and crew already know what their structure looks like, yet they have no interest in sharing with the class. Why do you think that is?

    Their goal is to make everything as complex and as confusing as possible. In doing so, they make it next to impoassible to challenge the status quo. They simply give a vague answer and give us dozens of reasons why it can’t be done. Do you ever listen to Mr. Ricci? When asked for figures, it almost always is fudged in some manner, i.e., RYSE consists of 28 or 29 students. He does this on purpose. You can be darned sure he knows all these numbers.

    I definitely support the concept of an organization chart for management at Chariho. I’m doubtful it will get done. And if it gets done, I’m betting they will make it as confusing as possible.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 10, 2007 @ 9:33 am | Reply

  6. I hope you are wrong about it getting done. Thanks for supporting the notion though.

    It boils down to this: The residents of Chariho need to demand this of their school committee members.

    Nevertheless, if that doesn’t happen, I appeal to the school committee to look at this idea with an open mind. It can only benefit them in their running of our schools.

    Finally, any other benefits to the creation of this document will make it difficult for them to refute its value.

    Comment by Lois Buck — May 10, 2007 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  7. The organizational chart “can only benefit them in their running of our schools” if they have a genuine desire to efficiently run our school. On the other hand, if their goal is to protect the status quo and keep themselves or family members employed and well compensated, then perhaps an organizational chart does not benefit them at all?

    Seems like such a simple and commonsense request. Time will tell if it will be ignored like so many other reasonable requests.

    Comment by Curious Resident — May 10, 2007 @ 3:15 pm | Reply


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