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Chancellor Banks Re-Organizes Central Staff & Resources To Better Support Students

  • Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2022

The re-assignment of approx. $100,000,000 in resources is a result of Chancellor Banks’ focus on putting Department of Education directly in support of students and schools.

NEW YORK - New York City Schools Chancellor David C. Banks today announced that approximately 1,000 staff members and $100,000,000 in associated resources will be reassigned from the Department’s Central Division and Borough-Citywide Offices to more closely support schools where they are and invest the resources that they need. This re-organization will bring staff closer to the communities, schools, students, and teachers that they serve. This includes deploying over 100 social workers to district offices to support students and families – with a specific focus on high-need communities like students in temporary housing. The approximately 1,000 staff are being reassigned and reorganized to maximize the instructional, socio-emotional and operational support available for students, community-based organizations, partners and schools from early childhood and beyond.

“Our Administration continues to be clear in our primary purpose – we are going to do what is best for young people at every turn. As we continue the work to reimagine the education we provide, it is critical that our central and borough staff are moving closer to the communities, schools, students, and teachers they serve,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks.  “Our Superintendents are accountable for partnering with families and schools to meet the needs of their communities and improve the school experience of our students, and these personnel are being reassigned to support those efforts.”

It is this Administration’s ongoing priority to meet schools where they are with the resources they need; the reassignment of central and borough staff members brings resources closer to where they are needed in schools. Support personnel will be reassigned from Central School Leadership, First Deputy Chancellor, and Early Childhood Divisions, and from the Borough Citywide Offices to more effectively support schools in coordination with District Superintendents. In addition to the city's ongoing commitment to moving supports and resources closer to schools, the Administration is also keeping its commitment to identifying efficiencies across Central, reducing 300 central and field vacancies in FY22 and FY23. 

Our 45 new and returning New York City public school District Superintendents began on July 1 and are tasked with implementing Chancellor Banks’ “Vision for Transforming and Building Trust in New York City Public Schools.” In partnership with families and their school communities, the Superintendent’s immediate goal is to ensure that every school receives the support needed to be fully prepared for a strong start to the 2022-23 school year.