The changes are part of Johnson's Shift initiative, a strategy supporting MPS' efforts to accelerate academic growth and reshape the educational experience for all Minneapolis students.
"The new structure represents a more streamlined approach to providing central office services to our schools," Johnson said. "Last spring, we took a close look at the size of our administrative staff and eliminated 52 central office positions in order to direct more resources to school support. My new structure continues these efforts by reducing the number of chiefs on my leadership team; in addition, several departments have been either eliminated or merged into other departments."
Key changes include the creation of a new department that will focus solely on establishing and implementing aggressive strategies to close the achievement gap for schools and specific student groups. The department will report directly to Chief Academic Officer Susanne Griffin-Ziebart. The new structure also improves the alignment of all non-academic departments and the academic team, which is essential in areas such as finance, facilities, human resources and instructional technology.
To ensure the school district is recruiting and retaining top quality staff members, Johnson separated the human resources divisions into two components – human capital and employee relations. The human capital department will implement aggressive, proven strategies designed to recruit the best talent to work for MPS. Employee relations will manage day-to-day operations, including labor negotiations for all school district bargaining groups.
The updated organizational chart can be found here.