March 31, 2015
The Anchorage School District commissioned a high-level management review of its Facilities operations in an effort to achieve greater operational efficiency and effectiveness. The review was conducted by the Council of the Great City Schools. The findings were presented to the school board at a special meeting this afternoon.
"The Anchorage School District has taken an important step forward in asking for this hard-hitting review of its facilities operations. The district has a number of commendable practices, and like other major school systems, it has ongoing challenges that Anchorage is committed to addressing," said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools.
Superintendent Ed Graff said this review supports the district’s Destination 2020 efforts.
“This is a positive opportunity for the district,” said Superintendent Graff. “Just as we expect continuous improvement for each of our students, we also expect that of our staff. This report confirms the district is on the right track toward improvement.”
The review team provided a number of commendations and noted that ASD staff was competent, hard-working and dedicated to their jobs. The team also found the district to be well-equipped to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
The review team’s report provided 28 recommendations for the district’s consideration. The district supports the vast majority of the recommendations.
“The district was aware of several areas in need of improvement. There were no surprises,” said Superintendent Graff. “The district brought a number of recommended items to the attention of the review team. This was done with the intention of providing factual, accurate information in an effort to improve district practices.”
Superintendent Graff also said, “this review should give the community and voters confidence that we are looking at everything and doing our part to ensure we are making the best use of resources available to us.”
The full review and the district’s initial responses are available online on the district’s audits and reports section of its website. The district has self-imposed a 90-day timeframe to create full action plans for each of the recommendations.