Top four admin jobs eliminated in school reorganization

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BELOIT - The top four administrators in the School District of Beloit have been legislated out of their jobs, and it's unclear if and when they may be released from their contracts.

In early May the school board voted to approve a restructuring plan that, among other things, would eliminate jobs held by assistant superintendents Anthony Bonds and Darrell Williams. In an interview Monday morning, Interim Superintendent Tony Bosco said the jobs of Executive Director of Business Services Robert Thom and Executive Director of Human Resources Tracey Caradine also are being eliminated.

The goal of the restructuring plan, Bosco said in earlier interviews, is to reduce staff at central office and push more resources out to the school buildings.

The Beloit Daily News has requested the organizational chart created by incoming Superintendent Stanley Munro with input from Bosco, but as of Monday the district declined to release it. Prior to being named interim superintendent Bosco was the district's director of bilingual programs. He is one of the only top administrators without a job elimination.

Bosco said the chart could be released by the Tuesday evening board meeting.

Although Bonds and Williams are under contract until June 2020, it's unclear if they and other administrators will be working in some capacity for the district or if they will be released. Bosco was asked when Caradine's and Thom's contracts end; he did not respond.

When Board of Education President Pam Charles was asked if employees facing job elimination during restructuring would be released, she issued the following statement: "The board has approved a reorganization plan. The staffing decisions resulting from the reorganization will now be worked on by the administration in conjunction with the board. The district will follow a consistent process which will include, where possible and in the best interest of the district, reassignments to open positions and encouragement to apply for consideration for new or vacant positions. Staffing decisions will be based on several employment considerations, including but not limited to qualifications and certification/licensure. The district will be working on these staffing decisions over the next several weeks and all personnel actions will be made public as soon as they are approved."

On April 10, prior to the adoption of Munro's organizational chart, the board voted to transfer Williams to serve as co-principal to Fruzen Intermediate School. As of Monday he had not reported to the job.

Charles said Williams is on leave which is approved through May 27.

"He is being compensated using his accrued leave benefits," Charles said. "Out of respect for Dr. Williams, I don't want to discuss the type of leave he is on."

If Williams comes off leave, Charles said he would return to his position as co-principal at Fruzen.

As of Monday, Bonds was still working in the position of assistant superintendent of teaching, learning and innovation.

The Beloit Daily News obtained a copy of Bonds' evaluations through a request under the Public Records Law, and it indicates he received high scores in the past. Exemplary was 4 points; competent, 3 points; satisfactory, 2 points; and unsatisfactory, 1 point.

In Bonds' September 2016 evaluation and he received only 3's and 4's, competent or exemplary marks, from then-Superintendent Tom Johnson.

In Bonds' September 2017 evaluation he was rated on the following scale by Johnson: exceeds expectations, meets expectations, does not meet expectations or not observed. He received almost all exceeds expectations and meets expectations classifications. He had one item marked as both meeting expectations and does not meet expectations.

"Mr. Bonds is highly professional and is an asset to the School District of Beloit. He does an excellent job with community organizations, parent groups, ad hoc committees, etc.," the 2017 evaluation by Johnson stated.

The newspaper also has submitted a legal request for Williams' evaluation, on April 11, but has not received it.

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