A recent audit of central office positions at the DeKalb County School System found it has approximately 300 jobs too many.
School spokesman Walter Woods said it would take the recommendations from Virginia-based Management Advisory Group (MAG) to “do the work needed to organize and run an efficient school system.”
The school system has approximately 15,000 employees—1,499 in the central office. According to the report, the system has 15.5 central office positions per 1,000 students and should have closer to 12 per 1,000.
Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson ordered the audit and said she will use the findings and recommendations to develop a new organizational structure for each department within the school system.
Woods said the system hasn’t done a full audit similar to the one performed by MAG in several years. An Ernst and Young study in 2005 is the most recent.
“Basically, we have a lot of work to do and it’s going to take some time to sift through everything,” Woods said. “We need alignment on job titles and job descriptions that are accurate descriptions for jobs performed.”
Woods said in some cases at the central office level, the audit found there was confusion as to who should be doing specific jobs and how much they should be getting paid.
“There are people who have a title but are doing a completely different job,” Woods said.
The results of the audit released on Jan. 18 are part of a two-phase project to audit each position within the school system. According to Woods, phase two of the audit is scheduled to be complete in March.
Woods said each year there were jobs phased out due to attrition for various reasons. He wouldn’t say when, or if, a significant amount of positions would be cut from the central office.
“The realignment process is under way and we won’t know the number of positions until that process is complete,” Woods said.