Dr. Johns releases statement on LHS administration

The following is an official statement released by Liverpool Central School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns Thursday March 11.

I have advised the Liverpool Board of Education that I will no longer support the present hierarchical administrative structure at Liverpool High School. I believe it contributes to the depersonalization of the students in that building.

As a result of this, I will be recommending the elimination of the Executive Principal position. I am looking to a structure that moves principals closer to the students and holds each of them accountable for a smaller number of students' academic success.

I have discussed the elimination of the LHS Executive Principal position with Greg Avellino and reviewed his options. He believes it is in his best interests to resign effective at the end of this school year.

LCSD Board of Education discussions during the March 8 budget workshop

During the LCSD Board of Education's March 8 budget workshop, there was a discussion in regard to the "hierarchical administrative structure" at LHS.

Johns said he would like to see the high school utilize a model containing an assistant principal and program directors. In general, there would be five administrators in the high school system, with two directors moving in and one, out.

Johns said cutting administrative positions could become necessary because of the "expected decrease in sales tax revenue," which most Onondaga County school districts have been relying on for each school year's budget.

During the March 8 discussions, Johns advised that the board keep in mind that there is more than $800,000 in current sales tax revenue the district may not see in 2010-11.

"I was figuring on 100 percent county sales tax at that time," Johns said of his Feb. 8 proposal. "Had I known what I know now," Johns continued to say that he "would be looking for $400,000."

Johns said the board of education could "hypothetically" accelerate the reduction of administrators, but that there are areas within the district that require the expertise of school administrators.

"Right now, I'm recommending that we reduce three administrators and one manager," Johns said at the March 8 budget workshop.

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