The Peters Township School District's new administrative structure is the result of a combination of a newly created position and changes in the scope of work and corresponding titles for current staff members, according to a new release from the district.
"We believe Peters Township will have a more efficient leadership structure as we align specific job responsibilities to meet the changing needs of the district," the release states.
The Peters School Board approved the new structure during its meeting on Monday night.
The changes are expected to result in a more-than-$43,000 reduction in salary and benefits, according to the release.
The board's action realigns the district central office's six leadership positions into five:
- Dr. Patricia Kardambikis, formerly the assistant to the superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, is now Assistant Superintendent at a salary of $118,000 per year. In addition to current responsibilities in the areas of curriculum development and classroom assessments, her new position will also address district policies, comprehensive planning, homeschooling and homebound instruction while continuing to oversee Peters' K-12 counseling and nursing staff.
- Dr. Jennifer Murphy, formerly the director of human resources, is now Assistant Superintendent for Performance Management at a salary of $113,000 per year. This new position will oversee teacher and principal effectiveness in the district in accordance with Act 82 as well as professional development for all staff. Statewide assessments will also fall under the Performance Management purview as well as also establishing goals and performance metrics to meet desired district outcomes.
- Patricia Kelly, formerly the director of special education, is now Director of Pupil Personnel at a salary of $99,600 per year. In addition to current special education responsibilities, this position will oversee all Gifted services, 504 plans and English-as-a-second-language programs. The position will also supervise student services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, etc.), all outside placements, extended school-year services, student discipline and the district's intervention program. The director of pupil personnel will also play a role in comprehensive planning and district policies.
- A to-be-determined person will fill the open position of Director of Instructional Technology. This position was formerly split between the director of staff development and instructional technology and director of technology positions. The salary is estimated at $75,000 per year, and the new position will not only oversee the district's technology staff and network operations but also will provide instructional leadership in the area of technology for principals and teachers in the classroom.
- Vincent Belczyk will fill the district's business manager position at a salary of $96,000 per year. In addition to responsibilities related to the district's business, maintenance, facilities and transportation operations, Belczyk will also assume oversight of the district's human resources coordinator and all related functions, including district benefit plans.
In addition, a current support staff position in the Peters Technology Department will be increased from part-time to full-time in order to meet the growing demands of technology within the district. That position will continue to be filled by Bridget Kirwan.