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Lorain Schools CEO plans district revamp

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    Lorain school CEO David Hardy Jr.

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LORAIN — District CEO David Hardy is preparing a wave of changes for Lorain Schools, adding and replacing administrative positions.

Now that the Lorain Academic Distress Commission has accepted the strategic plan, Hardy said the next goal is to find the ideal candidates for new administrative positions.

Though these new positions may seem costly, they won’t affect the budget negatively, Hardy said; they’ll do just the opposite. As some positions will be added, others will be replaced or removed from the administration to consolidate a net cost less than or equal to the current cost. Some of these leadership positions have been left vacant already, but others still in those positions will experience a lot of change.

“Other situations where a position is being reduced, they can apply for one of the other positions,” Hardy said.

According to the strategic plan for the district, one of the first goals 30 days into the plan is to reorganize roles in the administrative office to best support the district’s commitments and goals. The CEO said he’s looking for candidates with certain qualities he’s sure to identify when he sees it.

“The people with a mindset to roll up their sleeves and figure it out, more than anything else,” he said. “Yes, it’s going to be important to have the skills in each one of those areas for those jobs, but most importantly there’s a mindset I’ll be looking for.”

Seven new positions are listed on the district’s site that will have close relationships to Hardy.

These positions include: chief people officer, reporting to the CEO, leading the reorganization of the people office, formerly known as human resources; chief equity and achievement officer, leading the creation of the equity and achievement office; chief schools officer, leading the acquisition of qualified leaders in the district; chief operations officer, leading the creation of the new operations and accountability office; chief strategy and innovation officer, leading the creation of a model of accountability, efficiency and overall performance; senior project manager, leading strategic project planning and execution; and chief of staff, managing the day-to-day operations.

To date, Hardy said more than 200 people have applied for these positions online. The salaries for their positions will be determined depending on their contracts.

In addition to the other positions, the recently vacated director of communications/engagement will be available about Dec. 14. The position will also be revamped.

Hardy said he hopes to get to the final candidates for each position by mid-January.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BruceWalton.



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