Community members are well aware that PWCS needs more teachers and school-based employees to drive student success. Now, a School Board-commissioned study
reveals that the Divisionwide educational support departments, or “Central Office,” have fewer people than required to provide important assistance to schools, students, and fellow staff.
Nationally known Alvarez and Marsal Public Sector Services compared PWCS Central Office staffing and responsibilities with those of departments in nine other divisions in the Washington metro area. The analysis of “staff per 10,000 students” allowed a fair comparison of PWCS with similar, larger, and smaller peer divisions.
Refuting occasional claims that the Central Office is “overstaffed,” Alvarez and Marsal Senior Director John Rust told School Board members, “In our opinion there would be a greater need to hire than to cut Central Office staff.”
The conclusion is based on analysis that revealed eight of sixteen PWCS departments had fewer employees — some significantly fewer—than their outside peers. Five had staffing in line with peer averages. While three departments did have more employees per 10,000, Rust says the statistic can be misleading, since some school divisions in the comparison outsource work that PWCS handles internally.
“Many of these divisions actually have much more responsibility than peer divisions,” Rust said of PWCS departments. “So you have people who are doing more with the same amount of staff. That’s important from an efficiency standpoint.”
The findings differ sharply from often-repeated, but unsubstantiated claims that the Central Office is “overstaffed.” The study confirms that, like teachers, and other school-based colleagues; employees all across PWCS are working harder and longer, and doing more with less, to serve our students and to help one another.
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PWCS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF VERSUS PEER DIVISIONS
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