Dr. Katherine Mitchell requested an addendum to the minutes of the special board meeting on November 11, 2004. Dr Mitchell asked that her specific questions and concerns regarding the organizational audit be made a part of the record.
What positions would be considered
“central office” staff?
Dr. Smith responded that all services and positions not located at a school are considered “central office” for the purpose of this audit. Staff and positions located at the administration sites, including but not limited to the annex building, instructional resource center, procurement, student registration, facilities services, and child nutrition, are considered central office.
How will the core programs be identified and who will be involved in identifying the core programs?
Dr. Smith replied that the superintendent and executive staff would be involved in determining which programs would be considered “core” for the LRSD. He cited examples from his own District, wherein the arts and music program are considered to be core curriculum. Each District must determine which programs and courses are most essential and highly valued by the community, the patrons, and the Board.
How was the internal transition team appointed, what are their specific responsibilities, and why doesn’t the team include a broader range of staff and more adequate representation from all departments, parents, students, teachers, principals, etc.?
Dr. Brooks and Dr. Smith replied to these questions. The team members were selected based on their current positions and their executive levels of specific responsibility. Those selected represent School Services, Curriculum & Instruction, Human Resources, Planning & Evaluation, Finance and Communications. Their main responsibility is to transmit critical and sensitive information to the external audit team leaders for review. The design for conducting the audit was intended to provide research to aid in developing the recommendations to be made from each division by the audit team leaders.
A huge committee would be counter-productive to the efficiency of the audit.
Input from all the other named groups, parents, teachers, community leaders, employee groups, has been gathered through the superintendent’s meetings with these groups. Additional comments will be taken into consideration as the process continues.
APPROVED: 01-27-05 Originals Signed by:
Larry Berkley, President
Katherine P. Mitchell, Secretary