It used to be that modestly sized school systems sufficed with a superintendent, a number of assistant superintendents, principals, teachers and support staff.
These days, job descriptions have become a little more creative, as some new hires for the Arlington school system show.
• Dimar Brown has been appointed as director of talent acquisition and management. He most recently served as a recruitment strategist for the Baltimore (Md.) city school district.
• Matt Thompson has been appointed as the school system’s labor-relations specialist, coming from the District of Columbia school system. Presumably he will be part of the team that will be negotiating contracts with the Arlington Education Association now that collective bargaining – for the moment at least – is once again legal for local governments in Virginia to engage in.
• Sara Putnam has been appointed executive director of curriculum and instruction, where she will, in the words of the school system’s press release, “use data and resources to inform how to create learning opportunities that are meaningful for students, teachers and administrators with the purpose of positively impacting learning.”
Putnam is a 20-year veteran of the Arlington school system.