Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has proposed major changes in the administration of the city’s public schools.The changes will include the creation of several new positions, transferring some current employees out of the central administration and eliminating some vacant posts.
Elorza's proposal comes months after the departure of former Providence Schools Superintendent Susan Lusi, and an audit that found inefficiencies in the central office.
Providence Interim Superintendent Chris Maher said the school system is looking to hire up to 10 new staff members.
"We’re in the 21st century, we need data, we need people who can be program managers, we need people who can go out and get us grants," said Maher. "Those are the types of new positions we’re creating with this restructuring."
At least 13 clerical positions will move out of the central office and into various Providence schools. The plan also calls for the creation of a bilingual call center for parents and residents, as well as a diversity officer.
School administrators said by moving personnel and altering some job duties, the change-up will not cost the district more money. The proposed changes will require approval by the city council.