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October 26, 2009
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Washoe schools superintendent rolls out new administrative structure

RENO, Nev. — After a little more than two months on the job, Washoe County School District Superintendent Heath Morrison is shaking up the district’s administration.

Morrison announced last week in a press release a new organizational structure for the district's central services to take effect November 1, 2009.

Pedro Martinez, an area superintendent in the Chicago Public School system who applied for Morrison’s job when it opened earlier this year, joins the district as a deputy superintendent of schools. Jane Woodburn, who worked with Morrison in Montgomery County, Md., was hired as the district’s chief operating officer.

Rick Harris, a North Tahoe High graduate and former deputy superintendent of schools, moves to a vacant position overseeing low income schools.

“The board of trustees and I fully support Dr. Morrison’s reorganization plan,” said board President Barbara Clark in the press release. “During the development of the plan, Dr. Morrison has consulted with and received input from the board. The board has made it clear that its number one priority is to raise academic achievement for all students and that our ultimate goal is for every student to graduate — and graduate college and career-ready. The first priority the Board gave Superintendent Morrison when he was hired was to make sure the right people were in the right jobs.”

Lisa Noonan will move from one of two instructional superintendents to Chief Academic Officer for the district. In this role, she will lead improvements to the core curriculum and instruction practices across the district.

Rick Borba, the other instructional superintendent, will now serve as the single point of contact for all of the senior directors as the Chief School Performance Officer in the new Office of School Performance.

In order to ensure there is absolute alignment among instruction, assessment and school performance, Noonan and Borba will work in collaboration with Paul LaMarca in his role as Chief of Accountability.

Morrison also announced he is combining the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of Communications. Steve Hull will serve as Chief of Communications and Public Affairs, and Steve Mulvenon will serve as Director of Media Relations in this new structure.

Morrison said he anticipates making additional changes by July of next year that will reduce the size of central services while increasing service and accountability.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 26, 2009 10:16AM Published Oct 26, 2009 10:14AM Copyright 2009 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.