BGPS Announces Laurie Sundby and Shelly Whitten Directors of Instructional Leadership

June 5, 2014 BGPS Web


June 5, 2014

Laurie Sundby 
Shelly Whitten

BGPS’ District Office has created two new directors of instructional leadership in the teaching and learning department and appointed current principals Laurie Sundby and Shelly Whitten to the positions pending board approval. The creation of these positions will help the district realize its vision to prepare all BGPS’ students to be college and career ready. 

Incoming Superintendent Mark Hottowe recommended the positions, rather than hiring a new deputy superintendent, because he believes this is where resources can best impact student learning. “Principals and their instructional leadership are so critical in assuring success for our students,” said Hottowe.  “These new directors will be in the school buildings working directly with principals to provide the needed support and resources for successful classroom instruction.” 

The new directors will work one-on-one with principals to help them understand and interpret student data to ensure the best supports are being implemented for each student. The directors will also develop professional learning networks focused on growth of instructional leaders and meeting the needs of staff and students. 

“Our district, like many others across the nation, is facing new challenges,” said Hottowe. “We know our staff are up to the challenge and we want to provide the support and resources they need to be successful. I am excited to add these two established leaders to our highly qualified administration team and look forward to our continued success.”  

The two new positions are made possible by eliminating the deputy superintendent position and restructuring the communications’ budget. This reallocation of funding will allow the district to expand services with minimal impact on the current budget.

Current Interim Deputy Superintendent Lynn Hicks stated this is a strong strategic move for the district and will best allocate limited resources to the largest area of need. “I agree with this decision, our teachers and administrators need the extra support with the new state initiatives,” said Hicks. “This new structure will give the staff the support they need over the long-term and is the best solution to support students in the classroom.”

The two new directors will start on July 1, 2014.  

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