Johnson chooses transition team for Hamilton County Schools

Johnson chooses transition team for Hamilton County Schools

September 1st, 2017 by Staff Report in Breaking News

New Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson speaks at a welcome reception hosted by the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga 2.0, and UnifiEd at Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Johnson takes the helm as Hamilton County faces the potential state takeover of five low performing schools.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

Dr. Bryan Johnson, the new Hamilton County Schools superintendent, says he has chosen a transition team of industry leaders, community members, national experts and department personnel.

In a news release Friday evening, Johnson said the goal is a "fast and seamless transfer of power."

"The community will be key to ensuring HCDE is a world-class education system," Dr. Johnson said. "Our goal is to be the fastest improving system in Tennessee and these leaders will help form our path."

The team members will focus on five areas:

Student achievement: The goal is to make sure all students, including economically disadvantaged, English-language learners and others, are on track to master core content in reading, math, social studies and science. Johnson said tools will include high-quality tier I instruction and effective instructional frameworks along with appropriate classroom and school resources.

Postsecondary ready: All students must be equipped for postsecondary education and have access to college and career guidance.

Talent development: Hamilton County must recruit, train, retain, and compensate our most valuable assets, our employees, through a sustainable and competitive strategy.

Organizational efficiency: Ensure appropriate district and school-level structures and budgeting processes and effectively use available assets with a measurable return on investment.

Communications and stakeholder engagement: "We must shape our own image and define who we are as a system. We must ensure that all stakeholders are informed in a timely, easily accessible and convenient manner. We must also ensure that parents and community partners are engaged appropriately and efforts are aligned to maximize positive student outcomes."

Bryan said the five groups will have eight weeks to develop approaches that can be used in the district's new strategic plan.

"I believe that every facet of a great school district is a commitment to student success. As a community, we must clearly define what a successful student looks like, create a plan of action and ensure that it is implemented with fidelity," he said.

The transition team will include:

Bill Kilbride, Chattanooga Chamber

Emerson Burch, Artisant Group

Elizabeth Baker, parent

The Rev. Ernest Reid, Second Baptist Church

Gini Pupo-Walker, Tennessee Equity Coalition

Stacy Johnson, LaPaz

Heather McIntyre, teacher

Nathalie Strickland, Strickland PR Strategies

Matt Busby, Camp House

Andrew Scarbrough, Causeway/PriceWaiter

Dr. Steve Highlander, school board

Hodgen Mainda, EPB

LaKweshia Ewing, business owner

Maura Black Sullivan, City of Chattanooga

Joe Wood, Battelle For Kids

Jason Tyszko, U.S. Chamber Foundation

Sarah Morgan, Benwood Foundation

Saunya Goss, principal

Davd Steele, Chattanooga Chamber

Donna Mason, State ACT

James Tucker, UTC McKee Chair of Excellence

Pete Cooper, retired, Community Foundation

Edna Varner, Public Education Foundation

Dr. Sharon Harper, TN Core

Marty Lowe, MSi Workforce Solutions

Indira Dammu, TN Score

Dan Liner, HCDE Tennessee Education Association

Laura Hessler, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Jared Bigham, Chattanooga 2.0

Franklin McCallie, retired educator

Robin Copp, principal

Lee Sims, principal

Theresa Turner, TEA UniServ Coordinator Dist 7

Gladys Pineda Loher, Chattanooga State professor

Charles Spencer, TVA

Leslie Travis, Tennessee College of Applied Technology

Bo Walker, state of Tennessee

Dr. Everlena Holmes, community organizer