CONTINUITY OF PROGRAMS
The reorganization will involve the creation of a K-12 Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Development, which will be headed by current Peru Intermediate School Principal Scott Storms. And a K-12 Office of Student Support will be headed by Director of Special Education Irene Stephney.
“These people are going to have the freedom and the maneuverability to walk between buildings to support ... members of the Leadership Team (and) also to help identify and bring the professional development opportunities,” Brimstein said.
The Office of Curriculum, he said, will focus on professional development, ensuring continuity of programs across buildings and collecting data that can be used in real time to make assessments.
The Office of Student Support’s aim is to maintain the integrity and continuity of services for students with special learning needs.
“We’re trying to increase academic performance, we’re tying to eliminate student achievement gaps, (and) we’re trying to expand opportunities for professional learning,” Brimstein said.
In addition, the superintendent noted, the changes are intended to ensure and create a seamless series of transitions for students across grade levels, as well as foster district-wide communication and collaboration.
The district’s current model of four separate schools, he added, makes it more of a challenge to accomplish those things.
“It’s difficult to create the links between pillars so that we can really foster and promote and encourage and support professional dialogue that has to happen in a learning organization of professional people, which is what Peru has,” he said.
Brimstein noted that the idea is to capitalize on the district’s strengths and maximize its resources without creating any additional financial burden.
To do so, Peru High School Principal Christopher Mazzella will become principal of the Secondary School, which will include grades seven through 12, with Middle School Principal Cheryl Felt serving as associate principal.