Schools to hire efficiency expert

Official to oversee data collection, staff training, meeting education goals

Anne Arundel

October 10, 2002|By Laura Loh | Laura Loh,SUN STAFF

The school board yesterday gave Superintendent Eric J. Smith the go-ahead to hire an efficiency expert who worked for him in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school system and will coordinate how Anne Arundel school officials collect data and meet improvement goals.

Joseph J. Wise was appointed associate superintendent in charge of organizational development, a position that takes over some of the duties of associate superintendents Kenneth P. Lawson and Gregory V. Nourse.

The 46-year-old Georgia native, who was raised in Orlando, Fla., said he was eager to be a part of Smith's staff again. He previously had been Smith's senior assistant superintendent in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

"I think Eric Smith, teamed with Anne Arundel County, makes for about the most exciting proposition in public education possible," Wise said.

Wise will oversee the collection and analysis of data, such as school demographics and achievement levels; staff hiring and training; and the creation of "project charters" to guide departments toward the goals set by Smith.

Wise previously worked in Florida schools systems in functions ranging from band director to transportation services director. His last job was as chief executive officer of an Orlando-based technology firm, eSchool Solutions Inc.

"His experience ... will help us a great deal in delivering our goals," Smith said.

The superintendent said he did not expect to hire anyone else from his previous administration in Charlotte. "We've got a really strong team here already. This really was the only adjustment I'd planned," he said.

Yesterday, in addition to unanimously approving Wise's appointment, the school board adopted Smith's $64 million capital budget for fiscal year 2004, which involves construction and renovation expenditures.

Approved budget items include $2 million for window air conditioners, which Smith has said all classrooms will have in the next two years, and another $2 million for a new science wing for Arundel High School that will eventually cost an estimated $28 million to complete.

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