Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is shaking up the Education Department.
Carranza, 51, who took the helm of the nation’s largest school system in April, unveiled a series of personnel and organizational changes on Wednesday intended to “streamline” the massive support structure behind more than 1,800 public schools.
His overhaul includes a few notable departures, along with at least a dozen hires for newly created roles and several promotions.
Carranza created a new layer of yet unnamed “executive superintendents” in a fresh attempt to gain control of the dozens of geographical school districts.
He also minted new positions including that of a chief academic officer, a deputy chancellor for school climate and a deputy chancellor for community.
Officials said the changes would come at no additional cost to tax payers, but a spokeswoman would not say how many people would be hired or how many were leaving.
In a letter sent to staffers, Carranza said the changes were for the best.
The impact of the switch up is not clear. “It’s a hot mess,” said one worker, who asked to remain anonymous.
Under the new system, former Senior Executive Director Cheryl Watson-Harris will manage the daily operation of the city’s neighborhood school districts and will report directly to Carranza.
Officers in cabinet roles who answer to the superintendent, will target academics, school climate and family engagement.
The former honcho of English instruction for immigrant kids is out, with others expected to follow.
City University of New York Education Prof. David Bloomfield said Carranza’s decision to install nine executive superintendents – with salaries of at least $195,000 – probably won’t lead to greater accountability for school administrators.