Peninsula school district rearranges administration

Posted: Monday, October 08, 2001

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has rearranged its top tier of administrators.

Superintendent Donna Peterson predicted the changes will allow the district administration to run more efficiently.

"This was the time to do it. We all know our jobs pretty well," she said.

"We have streamlined how we do business."

Effective the beginning of October, the district has two assistant superintendents instead of three and a new, vacant position for a human relations director.

Two senior managers are seeing major changes in their jobs.

Todd Syverson, formerly the assistant superintendent for human resources, now will be the assistant superintendent for administrative services. Melody Douglas, the former finance director, gets promoted to chief financial officer. In the process, the human relations (personnel) and finance departments have been reorganized with several employees promoted to positions of greater responsibility, the superintendent said.

The reorganization follows several months of central office changes prompted by the departures of former Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ed McLain, Assessment Director Mark Leal and Assistant Superintendent for Operations and Business Management Patrick Hickey. McLain and Leal left in June to take jobs with the state Department of Education and Early Development. Hickey left in September to take a post in Colorado.

Gary Whiteley, the former director of curriculum and staff development, was promoted to replace McLain. That job will remain the same.

The jobs previously held by Whiteley and Leal were rearranged into positions combining assessment and curriculum duties divided by age into elementary and high school areas. The district hired former school administrators Paula Christensen and Sam Stewart to fill those positions.

When Hickey left, the district decided not to replace him, but to divide his duties between Syverson and Douglas, Peterson said.

Some of Syverson's former duties will be transferred to the new human relations director. The district is interviewing candidates and should have someone hired to fill the position by the end of the month, she said.

The changes will not significantly affect the district's budget, Peterson said.

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