Palm Beach County Schools, Facing Financial Issues, Reassigns Administrators

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — We told you earlier this week that two administrators in the Palm Beach County School District are both candidates for the Superintendent of Schools position in Sarasota. Now comes word from the Palm Beach County School District that a reorganization is under way.

This letter was transmitted this morning from Superintendent Donald Fennoy:


Good morning Team Palm Beach:



As we brace to learn the totality of the negative financial impact on our School District, caused by COVID-19, I’ve been working with the Chief Financial Officer to anticipate and prepare for a tremendous loss of revenue. 



My goal is to maintain excellence in education no matter how great the loss of revenue is to our District. This is a business, and very difficult business decisions have to be made to streamline our practices, conserve where we can, and strategically realign from the top, again, with the ultimate goal of doing what is in the best interest of our students.


After serving as Superintendent for two years, and as the District’s Chief Operating Officer before that, I have a comprehensive understanding of the organization and the needs of the community.


During this difficult financial time, the District Office must reassess priorities and best practices and use fewer resources. We must realign but we must not reduce quality. 


Pending School Board approval, I will be repurposing the positions of Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff and realigning the duties of the two dedicated leaders currently in those roles.


By flattening our organizational leadership structure, I will personally connect more directly with schools as will Edward Tierney and Keith Oswald.


How will that look? And, what is my reasoning?


It’s important to remember that unexpected events, such as Stoneman Douglas and COVID-19, underscore the need for comprehensive wellness plans. Student wellness directly impacts student achievement, student culture, and student climate.  


It is for those important reasons that I am requesting that the School Board approve a new position called Chief of Student Services, Wellness, and Equity. Deputy Superintendent, Keith Oswald would be reassigned to that position.


In this capacity, Mr. Oswald would organize and lead our wellness resources while connecting with community partners to provide the best support for students. I am confident that Mr. Oswald would excel in this leadership position and, even more importantly, he will play a key role in helping our children thrive.


I am also requesting that the School Board create a second position titled Chief of School Support and Supervision. This position would be filled by our current Chief of Staff, Mr. Edward Tierney. 


Mr. Tierney’s passion and expertise is with students, teachers and site administrators. He’s displayed a proven track record of success with increasing student achievement and improving organizational effectiveness. 


It is likely that the District will need to make similar, well planned, realignments and reductions throughout the organization. I strongly believe that I must lead by example regarding theorganization of my executive team, and the District as a whole. 


My recommendations, and the reasoning behind them, are based on the best interests of all of our stakeholders during this difficult time.
I know you have many questions and I look forward to sharing updates with you.

Respectfully,

Donald E. Fennoy, II Ed.D.


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