TPS superintendent facing three key vacanciesWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Public Schools (TPS) Superintendent Jerome Pecko began his first day on the job Aug. 2 with his three top administrative positions vacant.
Individuals who had the positions as executive assistant to the superintendent for human resources, chief business manager and chief academic officer retired at the end of the year with more than 30 years of service to the district, said Patty Mazur, communications director for TPS.
Pecko said he will focus on filling the human resource and business manager positions before the start of the school year, even if the position is just interim.
“Those are very important areas at particularly at the start of the school year,” Pecko said.
Pecko said the human resource position is critical to oversee and make sure all staff members are where they are supposed to be and individuals have been recruited for all vacancies. The position is especially important this year with all the modifications in personnel, he said.
Additionally, the district has created changes in transportation for the 2010- 2011 school year and the business manager oversees transportation at the top.
“There are people that oversee it below, but he’s the guy that you point your finger at when a bus doesn’t follow the correct route. When students are left on the street corners. That is the go to person for the superintendent,” he said.
The district is actively searching for candidates and has begun interviewing individuals for the human resources position, Pecko said. In addition, Pecko has individuals searching for candidates to fill the position of chief business manager.
Positions are posted on the TPS website and the district will accept applications for the positions until Aug. 5.
Pecko also notes that the curriculum position is critical, but not as much as the other two at the start of the school year.
Pecko also faces the challenge of passing a 7.8-mill levy on the November ballot. The levy could raise $22 million toward the $44 million budget deficit the district projects for the 2011-2012 school year.
Pecko said the levy won’t cover the full deficit, but if passed in November he hopes to restore transportation, with board approval, for children K-8.
“Transportation is a very large concern of mine. For the students who are in k-8 beginning this school year, they will not be transported to school if they live within the two mile limit,” he said. “The way they get to and from school will be up to the home to figure out and we’ll worry about that.”
Pecko said the remained of the budget deficit will be made up through meetings with bargaining units and more cuts.