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Huberman adds executives while cutting workers at both central office and in the schools

The new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Chicago's public schools, former Chicago Transit Authority Chief Ron Huberman, increased the budget for executive level staff — more than half of them personal or patronage appointees with ties to City Hall or the Chicago Transit Authority — by more than $3 million in the first six months of his administration.

Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman (above right) completed the elimination of a significant number of central office people in the city's public school administration with the unanimous approval of the members of the Chicago Board of Education between January and July 2009. At the same time, the Board approved the creation of more than $3 million in executive positions for those Huberman asked to appoint to make up his team. Above, foreground, are Patrick Rocks (who remains as CPS attorney), Barbara Eason Watkins (who remains as CPS Chief Education Officers) and Ron Huberman. Chicago Board of Education meeting July 22, 2009. Back row are two Board of Education members, Alberto Carrero and Peggy Davis (staring at the camera). Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.By the July 22, 2009, meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, all of the main executive appointments by Huberman were in place. The new faces, members of the "Huberman Team," sat surrounding the members of the Board at its regular monthly meeting. More than half the executive and administrative people who had worked at the Board a year earlier, in July 2008, had disappeared from the education scene. A complete list of those who were eliminated by the Board since January 2009 has still not been made available to the public. At no time in history had this great a percentage of top positions been changed. Most of the new administrative positions at CPS proposed by Huberman and approved by a vote of the Board of Educaton have been filled by people with no experience, training, or credentials in education.

The last time such a widespread change had taken place was in 1989, when Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed his first "school reform Board of Education" and eliminated the jobs of dozens of top executives, including most of the school system's district superintendents. The 1989 changes followed the passage of the School Reform Act of 1988. That legislation placed greater control in the hands of the Local School Councils, resulting in the stripping of much central office and district office power.

By contrast, the dramatic changes of 2009 following the appointment by Mayor Richard M. Daley of Ron Huberman as CEO of CPS are taking place when no new legislation has been put into place implicitly or explicitly requiring the changes.

'Deficit' claims never backed up with figures that take into account the enormous CPS reserves

The massive reorganization at the top of the nation's third largest school system was conducted while the public is hearing a claim — never supported with evidence — that the Chicago Board of Education was facing a massive 'deficit' of $475 million. The reason why the claims of the deficit are being greeted with skepticism is that the Board of Education's reserve funds were reaching unprecedented heights, as noted even by the Wall Street bond rating agency Fitch in a recent analysis of CPS finances. While headlines and TV news reports talk about a "deficit" that may not exist, cuts in central administration and in the schools were all too real. Officially, Huberman was eliminating the jobs of 500 people who worked in the school system's central office, supposedly because their jobs, based on Huberman's "data matrices", are no longer needed. Left out were the jobs that had been added since Huberman took over the school system in January 2009. So it's worth reprising them, month by month.

Jobs created at the top of the school system

WARNING: The following report is going to be very boring, because it is going to list every Board Report submitted by Ron Huberman to create a new position or to promote someone from inside the school system since January 2009. Each of the proposals was made to the Board by Huberman and approved by vote of the Board at the meeting cited.

The major executive appointments approved by the Chicago Board of Education between January 2009 and June 24, 2009, are as follows. (Note: actions taken at the July 22, 2009, Board meeting will not become fully public until Monday, July 27, when the Board's "Action Agenda" from July 22 is published. Traditionally, the "Action Agenda" (which reports all actions voted on by the Board) is published the Monday following the Board meeting. In June 2009, for the first time, the Action Agenda was delayed, as reported in Substance, because, school officials said, some of the Board Reports in the material were still being approved by Ron Huberman.

RON HUBERMAN. Salary $230,000 per year.

JANUARY 28, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0128-RS5. RESOLUTION TO APPOINT RON HUBERMAN TO THE POSITION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER. NAME, RON HUBERMAN. FROM, New Employee. To, External Title: Chief Executive Officer; Functional Title: Chief Executive Officer. Position Number 163724. BASIC SALARY: $230,000, Pay Band: A11.

Monique Bond at the March 25, 2009, meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

MONIQUE BOND. Salary $130,380 per year.

February 25, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0225-EX40 APPOINT OFFICER DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS (Monique Bond). NAME, Monique Bond. FROM, New Employee. To, External Title: Officer; Functional Title: Officer Department of Communications, Position Number 324164, BASIC SALARY: $130,380, Pay Band: A09.

SARAH KREMSNER. Salary $149,879 per year.

February 25, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0225-EX41 APPOINT PERFORMANCE MANAGER OFFICER, DEPARTMENT OF STRATEGY AND PLANNING (Sarah Kremsner). NAME, Sarah Kremsner. FROM, New Employee. To, External Title: Performance Management Officer; Functional Title: Officer Department of Strategy and Planning, Vacant Position Closed, 259408. Position Number not given, BASIC SALARY: $149,879, Pay Band: A09.

BERNARD MC CUNE. Salary $99,843.51 per year.

April 22, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0422-EX9 APPOINT ACTING COLLEGE AND CAREER PREPARATION OFFICER, OFFICE OF HIGH SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS (Bernard McCune). NAME, Bernard McCune. From, External Title: Deputy, College and Career Preparation. Functional Title: Senior Manager, Office of HIgh School Programs. To, Acting College and Career Preparation Officer; Functional Title: Senior Manager, Office of High School Programs, Position Number 243157. BASIC SALARY: $99,843.51, Pay Band: A08.

Above: Two of the four individuals in the photograph above are new to the top executive positions at CPS. Left to right: Robert Runcie, Pedro Martinez, Adam Case, and Arshele Stevens. Chicago Board of Education meeting July 22, 2009. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

ROBERT RUNCIE. $179,166.67.

June 24, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0624-EX10 — APPROVE APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2009, AND RATIFY ALL LAWFUL ACTIONS TAKEN AS CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER SINCE MAY 1, 2009 (ROBERT RUNCIE)... NAME, Robert Runcie.

FROM

: Functional Title: Executive Officer. External Title: Chief Information Officer. Position Number 242650. Pay Band 10. BASIC SALARY: $179,166.67.

To

: Functional Title, Executive Officer. External Title: Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Position Number 262996. Pay Band: 10. Basic Salary: See Financial and Personnel Implications. FINANCIAL: The expenditure contain in this report is contained in the FT 2009 Budget and will be contained in the FT 2010 Budget. Salary increases associated with this appointment, if any, will be determined in conjunction with the FY 2010 Budget. PERSONNEL IMPLICATIONS: Any salary increase associated with this appointment will be determined in conjunction with the FT 2010 Budget and submitted for approval to the Board.

ARSHELE STEVENS. $179,166.67.

June 24, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0624-EX11 — APPROVE APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2009, AND RATIFY ALL LAWFUL ACTIONS TAKEN AS CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER SINCE MAY 1, 2009 (ARSHELE STEVENS)... NAME, Arshele Stevens.

FROM

: Functional Title: Executive Officer. External Title: Chief Information Officer. Position Number 242650. Pay Band 10. BASIC SALARY: $179,166.67.

To

: Functional Title, Executive Officer. External Title: Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Position Number 262996. Pay Band: 10. Basic Salary: See Financial and Personnel Implications.

FINANCIAL: The expenditure contain in this report is contained in the FT 2009 Budget and will be contained in the FT 2010 Budget. Salary increases associated with this appointment, if any, will be determined in conjunction with the FY 2010 Budget. PERSONNEL IMPLICATIONS: Any salary increase associated with this appointment will be determined in conjunction with the FT 2010 Budget and submitted for approval to the Board.

MICHAEL SHIELDS. Salary $150,000 per year.

June 24, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0624-EX12 APPOINT CHIEF FACILITIES OFFICER. (Patricia Taylor). NAME, Patricia Taylor. FROM, New Employee. To, External Title: Chief Facilities Officer. Functional Title: Officer. Position Number 292646, BASIC SALARY: $150,000, Pay Band: A09.

PATRICIA TAYLOR. Salary $150,000 per year.

June 24, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0624-EX13 APPROVE APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF SECURITY EFFECTIVE APRIL 30, 2009 AND RATIFY ALL LAWFUL ACTIONS TAKEN AS DIRECTOR OF SECURITY SINCE APRIL 30, 2009. (MICHAEL SHIELDS). NAME, Michael Shields. FROM, New Employee. To, External Title: External Title, Director of Security; Functional Title: Officer. Position Number 257213, BASIC SALARY: $150,000, Pay Band: 09.

CHRISTINA HERZOG. Salary $114,064.50 per year.

June 24, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0624-EX14 Transfer and appoint OFFICER, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET (Christina Herzog). NAME, Christina Herzog. External Title: Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer; Functional Title: Officer, Office of Management and Budget. Position Number 245712, BASIC SALARY: $114,064.50, Pay Band: A09.

ADAM CASE. Salary $116,000 per year.

June 24, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0624-EX15 Transfer and appoint Chief of Staff (Adam Case). NAME, Adam Case. External Title: Officer; Functional Title: Officer. Position Number 258528, BASIC SALARY: $116,000, Pay Band: 09.

ALAN ANDERSEON. Salary (Previous: $104,139 per year. New. Not declared).

June 24, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0624-EX19 Transfer and appoint Deputy CEO for Human Capital (Alan Anderson). NAME, Alan Anderson. FROM: Director, Office of School Turnaround. TO: External Title: Acting Deputy CEO for Human Capital; Functional Title: Officer. Position Number Pending, BASIC SALARY: "See Financial and Personnel Implications", Pay Band: FROM: A08, TO: A09.

DONALD FRAYND. Previous Salary $149,016.10 per year. New Salary: Undisclosed.

June 24, 2009.

BOARD REPORT 09-0624-EX20. Transfer and appoint Acting Executive Director, Office of School Turnaround (Donald Fraynd). NAME, Donald Fraynd. FROM Area Instruction Officer, High School Turnaround. TO: Acting Executive Director, Office of School Turnaround. External Title: Acting Executive Director, Office of School Turnaround; Functional Title: Officer. Position Number 304475. PREVIOUS BASIC SALARY: $149,016.10 per year. NEW BASIC SALARY: "See Financial and Personnel Implications", Pay Band: A09.

While they were dumping another boatload of people who knew their way from Bogan to Bowen or from Gale to Gallistel, the members of the Chicago Board of Education were also bringing in a new "team" of $120,000-per-year-and-up outsiders. The members of the Board did not publish the qualifications of any of the individuals.

Above left, Pat Taylor at her first Chicago Board of Education meeting July 22, 2009. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.The "Action Agenda" for the June 24 Board meeting was delayed more than a week. On July 1, a Substance reporter went to the Board offices to ask for a paper copy to be told that the reports did not yet exist for public distribution. After being told that the information became public legally at the time the Board voted for the Board Reports more than one week earlier, and after the intervention of the new Chief of Staff (David Pickens) that Board secretary provided Substance with the June personnel reports.

Eventually, David Pickens walked by and pointed out that the stuff was public. Then Michael Scott walked in. When Substance asked him whether he was also going to tell staff to release the work records and curriculum vitaes of all those new executives Scott had voted a week earlier to create (two days before letting the axe swing wildly at another generation of veterans, both in central office and elsewhere), Scott said "Yes." As of July 23, the information had not yet been made public. Michael Scott said "Of course" when asked if Substance could get the work history and curriculum vitae of each of newly appointed members of Huberman's executive team. 

Article draft posted July 23, 2009. Final article to be posted complete by midnight July 24, 2009.



Comments:

July 23, 2009 at 7:50 PM

By: Those Hours Are Never Coming Back

What Part Of No Don't You Understand?

Well, it seems that the BOE can get something done, doesn't it? After yesterday's Board meeting, I was sure that they had changed Barack Obama's slogan for their own use to "No, We Can't!" Every issue that teachers and parents raised was greeted with the mantra, "We can't do anything. Our hands are tied."

I guess I'm naive. The real slogan is "No, We Won't!"

August 1, 2009 at 4:49 PM

By: Colleen McFarlane

School Clerk

I hope and pray Huberman hires one additional person - someone who knows what the hell they are doing when it comes to extended pay withholdings so that we can get a full paycheck over the summer months!!!!!

No more changing the payroll calendar so we only receive "9 days pay over the summer" which was then changed to a "new formula" to divide what's left in your extended pay bank, no more smoke and mirror division when it comes to our paychecks!!!

Please Mr. Huberman, please re-hire an "old school" CPS employee who is familiar with Math and knows what percentage should be withheld for extended pay Let's NEVER EVER have another ******** Payroll year like this one!!

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