Schools cut top staff positions


Staff Writers

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools announced Tuesday that the school district is undergoing a comprehensive reorganization that will eliminate two cabinet level positions and result in substantial savings for the cash-strapped school district.

The chief of staff position formerly occupied by Brian Miller and the chief communications officer position formerly held by Patricia Hollingsworth have both been eliminated from the district organizational structure. The resignations of both employees were effective by Sept. 10.

Del Burns, interim superintendent of the school district, said the savings to the school district this fiscal year will be roughly $220,000 in salary and benefits since the positions were occupied for about two months out the year. In the future, savings in salaries and benefits should top $250,000 a year, Burns said.

“The changes result in a flatter organization, a reduction in the number of chief officers and an increase in the number of direct reports to the superintendent,“ Burns said.

An executive director position within the district has been repurposed to help fill the gap and the duties of the eliminated positions have been redistributed to other areas, according to a press release from the school district.

Christine Catalano, who has been serving as the executive director of school transformation and advanced studies, will now assume the role of executive director of communication, planning and engagement. Her previous responsibilities have been distributed to other departments and her new position now combines some of the chief of staff and chief communications officer responsibilities including public relations, facility use, joint use agreements and school board policy, the release said.

Catalano previously served as the executive director of middle schools and advanced studies for three years and as principal of the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School for five years.

Catalano earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, as well a master’s degree and doctorate in education from East Carolina University. She holds certification in North Carolina as a superintendent, principal, curriculum and instructional specialist, pre-K-grade six teacher and K-12 academically gifted educator.

“I am truly excited for the opportunity to again expand my leadership with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. This new responsibility will give me the opportunity to focus my leadership on school policy, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement. Having lived and worked in Nash-Rocky Mount for nearly 20 years, it is always an honor to serve my schools and community,” Catalano said.

The updated district organizational charts can be found on the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools website.