January 12, 2012 02:16 PM
It’s going to be at least another month before we find out the choice for Palm Beach County schools superintendent. But while the School Board studies the applicants, it also is trying to finish a draft of the new schools chief’s lengthy job description.
This document, which has not yet been posted on the district’s website, is filled with pages of bureaucratic terms and directives. The new superintendent appears to be responsible for everything but cleaning the toilets at Palm Beach Lakes High.
“I find this very cumbersome,” board member Karen Brill said on Wednesday after looking at the proposed description. “I find it very verbose.”
After the board asked administrators to make more revisions, member Chuck Shaw joked that the paperwork could be boiled down to three simple words: “Do your job.”
But it’s not that simple. For example, the superintendent will be expected to involve the public in decision making. Here is how that function is described:
“Creates policies, programs and practices that proactively engage all parents, caregivers and families as the primary partners in the education of students.”
And here is how the document details one of the requirements in the superintendent’s dealings with the board:
“Keeps the board informed of the condition of the district’s educational system; provides specific advice and counsel regarding questions or issues under consideration or as such arise.”
The board deleted from the job description a paragraph stating that the superintendent will be responsible for the content of all news releases. Members said the section wasn’t necessary to spell out.
But here’s how it read: “Accountable for news releases and other items of public interest issued by or on behalf of the district in matters pertaining to education, policies, procedures, school-related incidents or events.”
Categories: Marc Freeman (78), Palm Beach County School Board (34), Palm Beach schools (158)