School Superintendent Charles Gobron told the Regional School Committee last week the districts’ central office is understaffed and he plans to take steps this year to ease the pressure.
Gobron said part of the problem is the central office supports three separate school districts – Southborough, Northborough, and Northborough-Southborough – so staff often has to “triplicate” their efforts. Streamlining processes is one way Gobron said he hopes to lessen the load. He also might ask voters to support adding staff to the office.
Reports the Metrowest Daily News:
“By November, I intend to meet with the two town administrators to consider ways that we can consolidate some services and bill the two towns for their equivalent share of the expenses,” Gobron wrote in a memo on his goals. “By January, I will have budget recommendations which may or may not include the hiring of additional personnel in the next fiscal year.”
Gobron said that in an ideal situation he would add two administrators — someone to help out in finance and someone to act as a district network administrator.
The creation of a network administrator position was cut from last year’s budget because of fiscal constraints, however Gobron said it’s essential to allowing Technology Director Jean Tower to focus less on troubleshooting and more on innovation.
Gobron said Thursday it’s too early to tell whether he will advocate for a staffing addition in fiscal 2014. He’d first like to see whether addressing some of the inefficiencies in the office might lower the workload.
You can read more in this article by the MWDN.