- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The mayor of Providence has announced an overhaul of the Providence School Department about nine months after an independent audit recommended staffing changes.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1JXgIKL ) Mayor Jorge Elorza said Tuesday the city is moving 13 clerical workers out of the school department at Westminster Street and into several schools.

He says he’s adding between eight and 10 middle-management positions that will mostly focus on performance management and data analysis.

Elorza says more than a dozen vacant jobs are being eliminated. He says the changes will be cost-neutral for the department.

A May audit recommended that the central office should have fewer staff whose responsibilities primarily focus on processing paperwork.

Interim Superintendent Chris Maher says the changes will be fully implemented by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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