Detroit Public Schools emergency manager details $10 million restructuring plan

By Roger Weber - Reporter

DETROIT - The state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit's public schools has announced central office restructuring expected to save the troubled district $10 million annually.

Darnell Earley released details of the changes Thursday which he says are part of his management plan to transform the 47,000-student district.

He says that over the next six months the district's central office operations will switch to five divisions of 16 offices and departments. The central office currently has 60 individual departments.

"A key theory in the redesign of central office is providing defined autonomy to school-level leaders to make decisions based on the needs of their students," said Earley.

Four divisions will be led by deputy superintendents. Earley's office is the fifth division.

Restructuring is expected to be complete by July 2016.

The district says about 100 fewer jobs will be needed with the restructuring. That will be achieved by eliminating vacant positions, attrition and non-renewal of contracts.

Earley was appointed in January. He had been Flint's emergency manager.

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