|Posted on 10/6/2017 8:40:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- Seguin ISD Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez continues to fine tune his leadership team with the approval of a new district organizational chart. Dr. Gutierrez says the chart, which in most cases includes new titles, is designed to better identify the duties and responsibilities of those who make up his leadership team.
"The changes are reflective of the direction that we're going with various considerations with the strategic planning that is coming up. I'm really trying to be aggressive when it comes to community engagement. Then the size of our district and also, just the right fit of leaders in the right place. We are pretty much in tact as far as the central office administrative team. I feel pretty confident that it will remain as is unless there are some surprises that happens as far as retirement announcements or promotions that are attained elsewhere. That always happens, but as far as any other changes that will occur administratively on the campus and or at the district level, there are no plans for that at this time," said Gutierrez.
Dr. Gutierrez says the organizational chart first reflects the changes in responsibilities for Dr. Guadalupe Gorordo who up until now has served under the title of deputy superintendent.
"Then we've got Dr. Gorordo previously served as the deputy superintendent. She has been very helpful when it comes to compliance and policy and based on that skill set, I've identified her to serve as the assistant superintendent for policy compliance and special projects," said Gutierrez.
Dr. Gorordo had been second in command under the old organizational structure, but that has now changed with this new chart. Dr. Gutierrez says as part of the reorganization of leadership, Bill Lewis, assistant superintendent of technology and curriculum support, will now be elevated to associate superintendent of that same area. Lewis' title change from assistant superintendent to associate superintendent also defines that he would be expected to take charge if Dr. Gutierrez is unavailable.
"Bill Lewis who previously served as interim superintendent prior to my arrival, his role has evolved in itself, because of the position that he held and having that opportunity to oversee district operations and he's gone back into his role in supporting technology and curriculum support, but there are other initiatives that I will be heavily relying on Bill for support on such as the facilities committee, strategic planning and much more. So Bill's role has changed from assistant of superintendent for technology and curriculum support to associate superintendent for technology and student support services -- to really have someone who can invest the time and leadership in guiding some of the work that we do to address the issues that we face when it comes to students. So he's going to work very closely with Kirsten Legore with some of the work that she's doing," said Gutierrez.
Dr. Gutierrez says the position of chief financial officer will now operate under the title of assistant superintendent of business services. Dr. Gutierrez says the position, currently held by Tony Hillberg, reflects the duties responsible under this organizational chart umbrella.
"It doesn't change the position or pay that just changes the title from CFO to assistant superintendent. His role even goes beyond just business and finance. He oversees the food services operations, facilities, some components of facilities so his role should be titled accordingly," said Gutierrez.
Other positions that will carry on a new title include assistant superintendent of human resources which is now assistant superintendent of administrative services. That position is currently held by Dot Whitman.
The position of assistant superintendent of curriculum now operates under the name of assistant superintendent of learning & leadership services. Recently hired on for that position is Jason Schmidt.
One of the job titles to be heavily recognized throughout the community is that of Public Information Officer Sean Hoffmann whose title has now changed to executive director for communications and community relations. Dr. Gutierrez says the position is designed to be reflective of many new responsibilities.
"So continuing with the communications piece, but really Sean's role has evolved to really support community engagement. For example, key stakeholders which we are kicking off this month. We've identified 40 community leaders to come and have dialog with the board and superintendent twice a year. We're going to be doing State of the District addresses twice a year along with many other things where Sean (Hoffmann) is really going to take the lead and planning those events," said Gutierrez.
Remaining unchanged are the titles of Athletic Director, which will report directly to Dr. Gutierrez; and school principals, who will operate under the umbrella of both Dr. Gutierrez and Schmidt. The new organizational chart was approved last night by the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees.