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March 18, 2013

PCSD searching for $1.3 million savings

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“We’re looking at ways to combine what we do, to do it more efficiently,” he said. “We’re trying not to dismiss whole programs.”

RESTRUCTURE HASTY?

Brimstein noted that the recent reorganization of the district, which took effect March 1, aims to better position the school to face future challenges.

The move, called hasty by some community members, involved shifting administrative responsibilities and combining the district’s primary, intermediate, middle and high schools to create one elementary and one secondary school, as well as an Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Development and Office of Student Support.

“The reorganization was not to just shake things up,” Brimstein said. “It was to look at what the structural barriers were that prevented clean communication. It was just really meant for the leadership organization to begin to mobilize in different formats.”

To preserve opportunities for students during difficult financial times, he added, other Peru Central employees may also be asked to take on new roles and operate programs differently.

The administration is “modeling for you what we’re going to ask our instructional staff and our support staff to do,” he said.

‘ASK THE KIDS’

Several individuals spoke up at the meeting, expressing a desire for more open communication between community and school.

“Change is always something that gets people scared to death,” former Peru School Board member Alan Stafford said. “We may look back on this whole change and reformation of the school and say that was gutsy but a smart call ... you’re going to need a team that’s going to work with you and know that you have their back with no questions asked.”

Brimstein said he appreciated the public’s comments about communication and is working to improve in that area.

Community input, he added, is also needed as the district faces difficult budgetary decisions.

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