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Brown announces revision of Central Office management structure

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Friday, Aug. 8, 2017 — Tom Brown, the interim superintendent of Nelson County Schools, told the board Thursday that he plans to revise the management structure of the district’s Central Office.

TOM BROWN

At the board’s work session, he said the Central Office’s existing structure resembled “an inverted T” that had everyone at Central Office reporting to the superintendent. A new working structure is needed, he said.

The changes will create a pyramid shaped management structure, he explained. The change will mean rewriting job descriptions so that employees will report to a superior rather than the superintendent.

During his superintendent’s report, Brown said he’s been working with Central Office staff to make sure everything is in place for the first day of school.

Moving forward from the start of school, he said his focus will be on leadership and communication with the leaders in support of the staff at each school building.

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER MAY RETURN. Brown told the board that he exploring the idea of re-establishing a School Resource Officer program in the district.

“I don’t think we have to have an armed guard in every school,” he said. “But the SRO program serves many purposes.”

SROs serve as positive role models in schools that promote student and staff safety, and can help with drug awareness education.

Brown said he has been in discussions with Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly and Bardstown Police Chief C.D. Marksbury about the idea.

“There’s nothing wrong with seeing a strong presence in our schools,” he said. “We’re looking at all of our options on that.”

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Brown said he’s been visiting school open house events and visiting schools in the district, and will continue to do so prior to the start of classes.

Brown said that rather than have a large meeting with the district’s teachers the day before classes start, he will visit each district school next Tuesday to meet with teachers. The change will be less disruptive to teachers who will bed spending the day making final preparations for the first day of school, he said.

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