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Board of Education Members Scott Barnett and Kevin Beiser are heading up the Operations and Efficiency Committee.
"Our goal is to generate efficiencies and savings minimizing administrative costs so that more of our resources can go directly to the classroom." said Beiser.
San Diego Unified School District's two newest Board members were appointed to the committee during their first meeting in December and have begun the process of requesting citizens who will participate.
"We're going to recruit action-oriented Tiger Teams," said Barnett, "which will spend 30 to 45 days looking at individual functions within the district."
Each team, which will include district employees and citizen volunteers with private sector expertise in the areas being analyzed.
“We will review a department’s purpose, how it operates and collect input from district employees and citizens on alternatives,” said Barnett. Results will be reported back to the Board of Education and Superintendent for action." Noticed public hearings will be held on recommendations prior to being sent to the Board.
In addition to looking at consolidating Central Office departments and functions, the Operations and Efficiency Committee will be looking at least the following areas in its initial review:
Transportation/Fleet Management, Including bussing schedules and operational costs
IT -- Information and Technology
“It should not be inferred that a review indicates any specific concerns over its current operation,” said Beiser. Any interested employee, parent or citizen is invited to participate in a “Tiger Team.”
It's estimated the review of all district operations will take 12-18 months.
Superintendent Bill Kowba said the fresh eyes on district operations are welcome. "There are always different methods that can be used for any operation," he said. "We invite the input of these Board members and the public in any way that will make us more efficient.Members of the public with suggestions or who would like to become a member of a Tiger Team can send an email. In addition, a website has been established for the effort at www.sandi.net/efficiency.