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District to seek advice on work flow

Kelsey Wilton, a Richmond second-grader in Mrs. Solomon’s class, presented a reading in a Cat in the Hat outfit Tuesday for the R-XVI School Board, officially opening this year’s Read Across America events. Kelsey is the daughter of Kimberly and Adam Wilton. Her sister Ashley performed the oath several years ago.  (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Kelsey Wilton, a Richmond second-grader in Mrs. Solomon’s class, presented a reading in a Cat in the Hat outfit Tuesday for the R-XVI School Board, officially opening this year’s Read Across America events. Kelsey is the daughter of Kimberly and Adam Wilton. Her sister Ashley performed the oath several years ago. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Richmond School Board voted 6-0 Tuesday to hire a firm to assess how the district’s administrative duties are divided before it attempts to replace Julie Stevenson, its current curriculum director and assistant superintendent.

Stevenson announced in December that she was leaving to become curriculum director in Marshall, a district with nearly twice as many students.

Superintendent Damon Kizzire prompted Tuesday’s discussion by presenting an agenda item to determine “what the district’s needs are in relation to that position.”

The item listed Stevenson’s current duties under three headings: “District Data,” “Curriculum” and “HR/PR” (human resources and public relations), and contained almost 30 different tasks, everything from overseeing state reports and federal programs, to staff and professional development, to evaluating teachers, supervising job applications and overseeing the district’s Web site and all academic programs.

Kizzire recommended that the board consider hiring two people, one to handle district data and HR/PR, the other to specialize in curriculum.

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