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MNPS Announces 'Lead Principals' As Part Of Restructuring Plan

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Nashville Public Schools will now have "lead principals" to work with a network of schools to improve performance in the district's lowest-performing schools, the director of schools announced Wednesday.

Dr. Jesse Register made the announcement as part of a restructuring plan. He said lead principals will have more autonomy in hiring and budgeting. There are currently 9 lead principals in the district, but Register said the goal is to have 18 next year.

"A solid foundation has been laid," Register said as he highlighted the district's accomplishments.

Register also announced plans to reorganize the central office, including who reports to him. Before, 12 people reported to the director, but now only six will. The others will work in other parts of the district.

Register first announced plans to make the changes in December. It's a response to consultants who studied the districts 34 lowest performing schools and found that the central office often stands in the way of improvement.

In a letter, Metro City Council Members serving on the Education Committee asked that Dr. Register follow the consultants' recommendations.

At the beginning of the 2011 school year, England-based consulting company the Tribal Group was hired to assess what was happening at the school.

"The outcomes across the district as a totality are too low and are not improving fast enough," Tribal Group Project Manager, David Moran said in December.

Moran found nearly eighty percent of teacher's lessons were not effective, there are low expectations of students and a central office bureaucracy is hindering growth.

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