2011-07-13 / Front Page

Officially dump Taylor’s plan

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

After a contentious debate Monday night, the Cherokee County School District is back where it ended the 2010- 2011 school year.

School trustees voted 6-3 to scrap an organizational chart developed by superintendent Dr. Ed Taylor last fall and continue operating under its present administrative structure. Donnie Lee Smith, Ron Garner and Willie Crosby voted against the motion.

Taylor reorganized the district office staff last December so there are additional layers of supervision beyond the superintendent’s office.

Dr. Carlotta Redish and Dr. Page McCraw would have served as assistant superintendents for administrative services and curriculum and instruction under Taylor’s organizational chart. Redish has handled the responsibilities of both assistant superintendent positions since April of 2010.

Lewisville Elementary Principal Dr. Carl Carpenter was hired in April to replace McCraw as the district’s personnel director. Union High Principal Joe Walker was hired for the new executive director of secondary education position.

Carpenter and Walker will both earn more than $90,000 this school year.

State law does not give school administrators the right to a salary and specific position each year. Trustees agreed to keep the same salaries in place for any district administrators impacted this school year by personnel reassignments made by Taylor to fit into the current staffing arrangement.

“After contracts were issued in April, the contract has a legal and binding effect for that year,” district attorney Andrea White said.

The new school year begins Aug. 15.

Taylor said he felt his organizational chart would allow the district office to provide more direct assistance to school principals and teachers on a regular basis. The superintendent said the uncertainty over staffing changes has made it difficult in recent weeks to make progress in planning for the 2011-2012 school year.

“We have cancelled administrative meetings because we don’t know who is going to be in what job,” Taylor told school trustees before Monday’s vote. “I hope you will reconsider this decision and let it go for a few months. Try it. I think it is a strong chart and does have a good chance of success.”

School trustees were not swayed by Taylor’s argument. Citing a pending search for a new superintendent, the school board decided to keep the present district office organizational plan intact for another school year.

“My biggest concern has always been with the curriculum department,” board member Robin Duncan Harper said. “I’m concerned about the fact we seem to have fewer people with positions in our curriculum department. I think the only way to fix this is to rescind it (the organizational chart.)”

Curriculum and instruction facilitator positions held by Jean Brewington and Virginia Burrows were eliminated in the organizational chart adopted by the school board Monday.

Brewington started a new job July 1 as the director of elementary education in Spartanburg District 3. Burrows is now principal at a charter school called Legacy Elementary School in Greenville.

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