As Superintendent Kurt Browning continues his reorganization plans for the school district, he says he wants to bridge the divide between district headquarters and schools.
"When schools call, we need to respond," Browning told the school board at a workshop Tuesday. "We need to respond accurately, quickly and completely."
Ultimately, he said, the district should not just educate children, but "ensure our kids are college, career and life ready."
Browning, who took office Nov. 20, bemoaned low reading scores and statistics that show more than 50 percent of Pasco students who attend community college need remedial coursework.
"This to me is a staggering number," he said.
The board previously approved Browning's plan to reduce the number of assistant superintendents from four to two, but this week he unveiled more details of his reorganization with the caveat that it's still a work in progress.
"This is all fluid," Browning said. "As we go through this we are going to have to tweak it here and tweak it there."
Some of the highlights of the reorganization include:
"I like that a lot," board member Alison Crumbley said. "You can change lives that way."
Browning met with principals Monday afternoon to discuss his views and the importance of treating people fairly.
"I am tired of hearing stories about the way some principals are treating their staff," he said, vowing to deal with those issues after winter break.
Assistant Superintendents Ray Gadd and Amelia Van Name Larson worked with Browning as he planned the reorganization, and he said he also had national experts look at it.
Gadd said what's happening involves a changing of the culture and the climate of the district, not just "moving boxes around and changing the organizational structure."
Browning said some changes could come as a shock to people.
"Any time an organization of this size goes through change its nerve-wracking," he said.
Browning said at times he feels like he is playing the game Jenga, in which participants pull blocks from a structure and place them elsewhere in the structure.
"If I pull the wrong block out the whole thing comes crashing down," he said.