As word was leaking out about the impending resignation and exile of Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Sarah Stevens earlier this week, Interim Superintendent Norm Ridder e-mailed a message to staff about Stevens' new duties, which will take up her time until her resignation is effective at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
The new position would appear to be the equivalent of putting Stevens in a padded room and asking her to write "I Will Never Mention the Words Core Collaborative Again" 10,000 times.
I wanted to update you on some important changes that have been made regarding our strategic planning. Sarah Stevens, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, submitted a request to resign effective at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. The Board of Education approved her resignation, sitting in closed session on November 10, 2015. For the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year, Ms. Stevens will work directly with me supporting the development of the district strategic plan, including the development of baselines of understanding in curriculum and instruction, collection and analysis of data, and writing of a model classroom and classroom support.
Accordingly, the curriculum, instruction, and assessment work will be managed as follows: Jason Cravens, Executive Director of Secondary Education, and Jennifer Doshier, Executive Director of Elementary Education, will lead curriculum, instruction, and assessment work for their respective grade levels as well as provide supervision for associated staff. Jennifer Statler will continue her work of coordination in this area under the direction of Mr. Cravens and Ms. Doshier. A more long-term solution to managing this important work will be communicated after careful consideration and study, to include feedback from district stakeholders.
I look forward to Sarah's direct work with me, which prioritizes and richly enhances our data mining and strategic outlook activities. The value of Sarah's eleven years of experience with the district and her analytical skill set make her uniquely suited for this important work.
Again, questions related to curriculum, instruction, or assessment should be directed to Mr. Cravens or Ms. Doshier.
I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through this transition.
Dr. Norm Ridder
Joplin Public Schools
The Jennifer Statler who is mentioned is Stevens' assistant, who was hired by the Huff Administration after state auditors cited the district for having people, including Stevens, who were unqualified for the positions they held.
Stevens, who has a salary of $73,011, has no background in curriculum, which would seem to be a good thing for someone who is in charge of curriculum to have, so Statler, who does have a background in curriculum, had to be hired at a cost of $56,000 a year.