Tahoe Truckee Unified School District ‘s David Inns dons many hats
On any given day, David Inns, the school districts assistant superintendent of human resources, dons a wide assortment of professional hats. True, on paper his job description sounds fairly cut and dry. Top on the list is the recruitment and hiring employees for the schools and operations of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD). Currently there are 547 employees in TTUSD, the second largest employer in the region. Inns duty roster also includes oversight of the districts special education program, facilitating the development and implementation of the districts technology plan, and working with staff and parents regarding concerns, even periodic official complaints. The bulk of Inns job requires personal interaction with the people who must make things happen in the classroom and behind the scenes. However, as many know, connecting well with people is seldom cut and dry. And after more than 30 years in the business of public education, David Inns understands this truth only too well. When you are a teacher or a principal, the most fulfilling thing is to see the growth and development of the student, says Inns. In this position, its about the growth and development of the adults who provide services essential to the success of our students. Ultimately it all must benefit the kids.As a former teacher, vice principal and principal (most recently in the Davis Joint Unified School District), Inns has made a career out of creative problem solving. Over the years, he worked on several negotiations teams. But it is experience with teachers, parents and students that has prepared him for his current job. People who work in the schools have the same concerns others have; concerns about their own children, aging parents, illness and just managing their lives, Inns explains. You have to listen to their stories and help meet their needsit cant be rushed, he says.If a parent believes their child is struggling in school, they usually go directly to the schools principal to discuss the matter. If there is no resolution, Inns is the next person who addresses the issue.Often, such problems are much more complex than what is on the surface, says Inns. Family dynamics, the students personal history and even the teaching style creates a story that is unique and must be handled with care. Thats where good listening skills come into play. People need a face a person to go to when they have a problem; Im that person, says Inns, who was hired by TTUSD six months ago.Inns other responsibilities include negotiations with the various labor groups, compliance with contract agreements, compliance with state and federal personnel requirements, monitoring to ensure proper teaching credential authorizations, and a myriad of personnel issues.District Superintendent Steve Jennings says David Inns comes with a strong background in education administration.His knowledge, work ethic, interpersonal skills and character are assets to our district, Jennings said.
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