Detroit reorganizes administration

Oct. 25, 2007
Changes expected to save about $1 million a year

A reorganization of the Detroit district central office will save nearly $1 million annually. Superintendent Connie Calloway says the district is reducing central office staff as part of a state-mandated Deficit Elimination Plan. The expected salary savings amounted to $939,391. Calloway's plan included collapsing several positions and redefining roles.

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  • Eight top administrators have resigned from Detroit Public Schools since Superintendent Connie Calloway came on board in July. The departures concern some board members and have others applauding. Most of the administrators -- ranging from the chief contracting officer to the deputy chief financial officer -- either won't say on the record why they left or won't return calls, but two of the high-ranking officials say Calloway's brash leadership style contributed to their exits. (Detroit News)

  • Detroit Public Schools' board President Jimmy Womack says the state's largest district must improve its public image and add innovative schools to stem its drastic enrollment decline. He also says teachers need to help bring students back to the district to send "a clear message to people that those delivering the services believe in the services." (Detroit News)

  • New Detroit Public Schools superintendent Connie Calloway says she does not support charter schools, and she intends to present ideas that will help draw students back to the struggling school system. "Charter schools mean suicide for public schools," Calloway told the audience at her first school board meeting.(Detroit News)
  • To turn around the Detroit Public Schools system, incoming Superintendent Connie Calloway must audit the district's finances to root out inefficiency; add police officers and citizen patrols to bolster security; establish an open-door policy with constituents; and improve rigor in all schools. (Detroit News)

  • The Detroit Public Schools board has approved a five-year, $1.4 million contract for incoming superintendent Connie Calloway. The contract amounts to an annual base salary of $280,000 if Calloway, 56, serves the five years. She makes $165,000 as head of the 5,700-student Normandy, Mo., schools. (Detroit News)

  • It's been three weeks since the Detroit school board offered its superintendent's position to Normandy, Mo., Superintendent Connie Calloway, but she has yet to formally accept and sign a contact. Calloway's attorney acknowledges that she has received a contract proposal, but the school system has not received her written response. Calloway would start on July 1 if she accepts. (Detroit News)

  • Some activists and board members who questioned Detroit Public Schools' selection of Connie Calloway as the district's next leader now say they plan to embrace the St. Louis-area superintendent. The board has selected Calloway, superintendent of the 5,700-student Normandy (Mo.) School District. At the same time, it ousted William Coleman III, who has led the system since 2005, and agreed to pay the rest of his $225,000 contract, which expires June 30.(Detroit News)

  • Connie Calloway could be the next leader of Detroit Public Schools, if the school board agrees with a committee that has recommended her to become next superintendent of the struggling system. The committee voted 4-1 for Calloway, who heads the 5,700-student Normandy, Mo., school district. She edged out Detroit Public Schools' current superintendent, William Coleman III, and Doris Hope-Jackson, board vice president of Harvey (Ill.) School District 152 (Detroit News)

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