School board OKs employee calendars, staffing model for Dysart district

Dysart Unified School District building [Courtesy of DUSD]

By Jennifer Jimenez, Independent Newsmedia

School leaders advanced a pair of human resources measures at last week’s board meeting.

The Dysart Unified School District Governing Board approved employee calendars and an administrative staffing model at the panel’s Feb. 13 regular meeting at the Nathaniel Dysart Education Center, 15802 N. Parkview Place.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Patti Buck said in past years the district brought employee calendars to the board for approved with no changes; however there were several recommendations for revision this year, due to the district reaching out for feedback from all employee groups.

“We heard some recommendation for changes to improve work experiences and to improve efficient functioning of the district, which we realized could benefit the employees and the district,” Ms. Buck explained.

One change included bringing paraprofessionals to campuses for training before students arrive for the first day of school.

Another revision included all employees getting the Wednesday off before Thanksgiving.

The K-8 and high school administration and front office staffing model was also approved by the board.

Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis said Ms. Buck worked diligently to develop a collaborative process to identify the specific needs at each school site for support staff and administrative staffing.

One recommendation was to reduce the number of enrollments to qualify for administrative support and school site would prefer a full-time person in those roles.

“We are recommending a dean of students at school sites to manage discipline actions and support the principal,” Ms. Buck explained. “It would require 450 to 650 students to have a dean and that would provide the administrative support in a way we can manage our budget.”

Mr. Kellis said assistant principals should be preparing to become a future principal.

“We would hope they are on a pathway, so they are demonstrating forward progress in professional growth,” Mr. Kellis explained.

The board also approved canceling the March 27 governing board meeting.



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