PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The co-author of a scathing review of the Providence school department has landed a job working in the department’s central office.
The Providence School Board is expected to vote to approve the hiring of Nora Guyer as the district’s $85,000 human resources manager Monday night, months after she helped prepare a report that recommended an overhaul of the school department to become more efficient and customer friendly.
“Ms. Guyer has extensive experience dealing with the human resources needs of large urban school districts,” a spokeswoman for the school department told WPRI.com. “We are pleased to have her on board.”
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Guyer previously worked for Boston-based consulting firm Mass Insight Education, where she led a team that conducted the review of Providence’s school department.
Interim Supt. Chris Maher also came to Providence from Mass Insight. A spokeswoman said Maher recused himself from the hiring process.
The report, released in August, said the central office should have “fewer staff whose responsibilities revolve primarily around processing paperwork,” a recommendation that angered members of the Local 1339, the school clerical workers’ union.
The audit also suggested the district’s human resources department should focus on talent development and retention so that employees are given the skills needed to advance within the school department and provide support to schools.