D51 announces reorganization analysis

Suggestions to D51 School Board reduce expenses by $705,736
Posted on 02/26/2019
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Grand Junction, CO – Following months of intensive research and analysis of the administrative and support staff reorganization that took effect July 1, 2018, School District 51 Superintendent Diana Sirko presented D51 School Board members with a solution that would reduce the cost of the reorganization by $705,736.

Board members asked Dr. Sirko, who joined the district in October, to analyze the reorganization with help from a committee of staff members. The reorganization, implemented by the former superintendent, came with a higher-than-anticipated net cost of $946,322. Dr. Sirko’s recommendations, announced Feb. 12, 2019, reduce the reorganization cost to $240,586 through the following actions:

  • Eliminating five administrative positions: communications director, director of program evaluation and research, assistant director of facilities, administrative induction coordinator, and community partnerships coordinator ($458,630 in savings)
  • Freezing salaries on the administrative salary schedule ($183,026 in savings)
  • Administrative salary reductions ($39,080 in savings)
  • Reducing additional support for school leadership ($25,000 in savings)

These recommendations in no way indicate that the positions to be eliminated or the hard-working people in them are not highly valuable, nor do the recommendations indicate that salaries earned by people in new positions or retained in previous positions were too high. In fact, a salary analysis performed by Employers Council showed all of the reorganization positions are within market range, and the ratio of administrators to instructional staff in District 51 is on par with the state average. 

Instead, the recommendations presented at tonight’s board meeting show the district’s commitment to trust, transparency, and accountability. The district recognizes that communication during the reorganization was inadequate, and trust was eroded. The reorganization analysis and corresponding recommendations strive to eliminate positions that, though useful, were further away from the classroom, and freeze salaries in the hopes of using savings to have a greater impact on the classroom and address previous support staff reductions. 

It takes all of our nearly 3,000 employees to make District 51 work. It is our sincere hope that we can all work together to move forward as one and continue to focus on doing what is best for the Grand Valley's children.

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