POTTSTOWN PA – Pottsgrove School District Superintendent Shellie Feola, who has worked without an assistant superintendent since being promoted to her position last year, said Tuesday (Aug. 20, 2013) she expects to hire one in coming months to handle duties of other members of the district administrative staff who have left or are about to depart.
Superintendent Shellie Feola
Feola’s announcement was included in a brief press release that also reported district Human Resources Director Leticia Rodriguez, who was among the superintendent’s first hires last October (2012), would leave her job Thursday (Aug. 22) for what were described as “personal reasons.” The district will work to fill her position in the coming months, the release said.
Until a new human resources director is found, however, Feola herself “will guide the department,” it added. She’s no stranger to the job, having handled Pottsgrove’s human resources work for five years while she served as assistant superintendent to her predecessor, former Superintendent Dr. Bradley Landis.
In disclosing her plan to hire an assistant superintendent, “we have three major district-level responsibilities that need to be filled this coming school year,” Feola said. “We need someone to manage human resources, to manage curriculum and instruction, and to focus on comprehensive planning, monitoring the schools’ continuous improvement plans and mentoring principals. The district will post job descriptions for one assistant superintendent and another director-level position in some combination to assume these duties.”
Additionally, she said the district would explore combining “responsibilities in different ways to best match the people we hire to the needs we have to fill. My priority is finding candidates that will best help us advance our student achievement goals.” Such a “slight reorganization of administrative roles and responsibilities” might even result in a cost savings, according to Feola.
“We want to see what the applicants areas of strength and expertise are and put people in the best roles,” she said.