Looking at new leadership structure

While explaining the proposed change of duties for principals, Supt. John Carver said, “Is this perfect? I don’t know. What I do know is that we are here and we want to be here, which is 2020.”

While explaining the proposed change of duties for principals, Supt. John Carver said, “Is this perfect? I don’t know. What I do know is that we are here and we want to be here, which is 2020.”

By Marcie Klomp

Howard-Winneshiek Supt. John Carver presented an interesting concept to board members about changing leadership in the district on April 22.

Current principals are Shirley Sovereign for Preschool in the district along with K-5 at Cresco; Todd Knobloch is in charge of K-5 at Lime Springs-Chester and Elma Elementaries, along with junior high; and Tim Felderman is high school principal.

Carver is recommending to change the duties of the three principals.

• A Preschool to first grade principal will be Lead Learner of Teaching and Learning. They would be in charge of curriculum, instruction, assessment, Iowa CORE and budget responsibility (teacher quality, PK-1 grade education and Iowa CORE implementation)

• Grade 2-6 principal will be Lead Learner of Special Education. He or she would be in charge of SINA leadership and responsible for budget items of special education and 2-6 education.

• Grade 7-12 principal will be Lead Learner of Student Services. This would include Project Lead the Way, Implementation of 1:1 and coordinator of At Risk program with budget responsibilities of drop prevention/modify allowable growth and 7-12 education.

This would place all the students in the same pool and not separate them according to center.

It would help spread the funding for being a SINA (School In Need of Assistance) between all the centers.

Also, the principals can specialize in certain areas. They will be able to know a lot about a few subjects instead of knowing a little bit about a lot of subjects. Another positive, for special education students, will be to keep the same go-to person year after year.

Carver said, “Is this the perfect [scenario]? I don’t know. We are building the plane and flying the plane at the same time.” He added the concept can be altered as the board saw fit.

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