The Manatee County school district is operating on “ill-conceived” practices that it can no longer afford, according to the Florida Association of Area District Superintendents.
Superintendent of schools Rick Mills said he was surprised at the initial findings as he presented the study from the transition team Monday morning.
“It is much more dire than anticipated,” Mills said.
The transition team visited the week of April 22, and Mills just issued its full report Monday morning.
Its top findings were that the district hired people without thought to the budget, that no one understood the district's finances and that the district is dysfunctional.
Superintendent Rick Mills said that he will be sharing his “clear vision” on how to move forward next Tuesday, June 11.
Deputy superintendent of operations Don Hall said the district will be using the documents as a foundation for what to do next.
Issues that the transition team addressed as pervasive were a culture of individual decision-making instead of collaboration with district employees operating in departments rather than as a system. The team also identified a culture of reaction and fear in Manatee County at the school district as well as resistance to change.
Mills called the shape of the district a “travesty of financial management.”