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RPS superintendent aiming to hire new administrative team


The new Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools is looking to make hires for more than a dozen high-level positions.

Dr. Dana Bedden appears to be making some big shifts in administration, from bringing on new leaders to redefining job roles.

Fourteen high-ranking job openings have been listed on the RPS website since February. The postings come less than a month after Dr. Bedden was sworn is as the district's new superintendent.

Some of the positions call for a new Chief of Staff, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and five principals.

Richmond School Board chairman Donald Coleman says Dr. Bedden is changing the administrative map and hoping to staff only the best.

"The reason we hired him, is to bring change... is to see RPS be all it can be," said Coleman.

Sources say the administration is handling some of these changes through retirement, as opposed to firing people.

"There are a lot of people in upper administration who have been there a long time, and have decided- on their own- that this may be an opportunity for them to retire," continued Coleman.

Coleman says some roles have been empty for long stretches of time. In other cases, current employees will have to reapply for their jobs. "That's the other hard reality... when change comes, part of what happens…may be staff changes.

Richmond Public Schools released a statement:

"We are recruiting outstanding instructional and operational leaders to serve as part of our team to ensure the best outcomes for our students, staff and community.  The current administrative postings represent a combination of new, restructured and vacant positions as a result of retirements, resignations and/or the desire to move in a new direction."

"Sometimes change is good. You have to do different things to get different results," said Carolyn Lewis, whose daughter is in first grade at George Mason Elementary.

The Richmond Public School system is trying to come back from falling SOL scores and a dozen schools listed as some of Virginia's lowest performing, last year.

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