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School Board okays administrative changes designed to save $130,000
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Changes made to the administrative structure of Ceres Unified School District are expected to save $130,000 in the general fund.

The change, approved by the Ceres School Board of Thursday, involves restructuring the Educational Services Division into two divisions. Educational Services will retain its name and encompass all functions of curriculum and instruction, including projects and assessments, professional development and library services.

A new division, that of Student Support Services, will oversee special education, and Child Welfare & Attendance and Educational Options.

"I am pleased and proud that the Board has chosen to take this action, and confident that this new generation of leaders - together with terrific CUSD staff - will take our district to the next level of success and achievement for our students," said CUSD Supt. Walt Hanline.

The Board approved a plan that when Scott Siegel becomes superintendent that his vacant position as deputy superintendent be filled by Dr. Mary Jones.

The School Board also appointed Jay Simmonds as the assistant superintendent of Student Support Services, effective July 1. In addition to the responsibilities of his new role of overseeing the Special Education and Child Welfare and Attendance Departments, Simmonds will continue to carry out the responsibilities of leading the Educational Options Department.