A recent post may have confused some readers regarding the difference between the School Administration components and the General Administration. To try to clarify, I break the APS organization into three major operating units. In addition, each of the major operating units has several sub-units that make sense to group together. The following is how I break the organization down:
- Curriculum and Instruction – the primary function of the school system
- Direct Instruction – primarily teachers and para-professionals.
- Student Services – activities in the schools to support students (social workers, guidance counselors, etc.)
- School Administration – primarily individuals working in the schools and with direct daily contact with teachers (Principal’s, Assistant Principals, Registrars, School Secretaries, etc.)
- Central Office School Administration – various Departments that serve purely in administrative functions in support of the School Administration noted above. As a general rule, these individuals are located at the central office and not in the schoolhouse.
- Operations – provide for maintenance, custodial services, transportation and security.
- Operations Administration – the management and planning function for all Operations
- Facilities – departments that maintain the physical plant.
- Custodial Services – custodians, both in and out-sourced
- Transportation – school bus services
- Safety and Security – police services, security guards and cross-walk guards
- General Administration – centralized general and administrative functions
- Board of Education
- Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent
- Chief Financial Officer
- Human Resources
- General Counsel
- Information Technology
Hope this help clear things up.