Our office here in the overly-large school district is being reorganized. Again.
And this is nothing new. Our director is retiring this week and whenever we get a new boss, they make major changes to the organization. I think this is number five or six in the time I’ve been working here, the last coming less than two years ago when the whole department was shaken up as we moved to a new building.
None of this bothers me. It’s all part of working in a big bureaucracy and change keeps things interesting. However, I wonder how effective these changes really are in the long run. After all, there shouldn’t be a need to do another reshuffle if the last one really worked, right?
Based on past experience, I see two big potential problems with this kind of reorganization. One comes from internal communications, or possibly miscommunications. Unless the reasons for the new structure is understood – and accepted – by everyone, some people will continue doing the same job they’ve done in the past (or whatever is comfortable).
The bigger problem comes from the responsibilities our group has in supporting our many schools, as well as other parts of the department. Most of those people don’t really care about our org chart and, unless we make everything clear to them, they will continue to go to the same people who were able to solve their problems, regardless of their new role. We just are not good at saying “That’s not my job.”.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see how things change – or don’t – over the next few months. I’m going to do my best to make it work (I think I understand the purpose) but we’re getting a new school board in January, it’s possible our current assistant superintendent could be moving on up, and the top superintendent has already announced his retirement at the end of his contract. Another reorg is not too far off.
Incidentally, my part in all this is that I will now be working exclusively with middle and high schools, instead of being split between elementary and middle, and the curriculum specialists at those levels. I’ll let you know how that works out.