One Year Ago – The Reorganization of a Still Shrinking DPI

Last summer on July 24th, Mark Johnson announced a reorganization at the Department of Public Instruction, one of the many results of a court case that took over a year to settle with tax payer money and an audit that cost over a million dollars which said that DPI was underfunded.

Dear Colleagues:
As most of you know, since becoming state superintendent, I have advocated a strategy of bold innovation and true urgency at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to support our state’s educators and students.
Today, we are taking major steps toward those goals by changing the way DPI is organized. To provide better support to the field, we need more efficiency and fewer silos in our organizational structure. (You can see the new structure here.)
To that end, I am creating a new deputy superintendent structure to drive innovation, collaboration, and operational efficiency. All deputy superintendents will now have a more effective number of directors reporting to them, which allows us to flatten the org chart and break down silos in the department. More division directors will be closer to leadership in this flatter structure.
Thank you for your patience as we move to implement these changes. I know there has been a significant amount of change at DPI over the past 18 months. I appreciate all the work staff and local districts have done while these shifts, sometimes painful and sometimes merely distracting, have played out around us. I sincerely hope that we are at a point where we can begin to focus on urgently driving the innovation our system needs to truly fulfill the educational aspirations of educators, parents, and students.
In the coming weeks, we will be communicating more with you and the field about how these changes will be implemented and what changes districts and charter schools can expect.
Thank you for all you do for North Carolina’s public schools. North Carolina is fortunate to have you.

Below is what it was prior to the new reorganization.


This is what it looks like now.


Today, Greg Childress published a post on NC Policy Watch that summarizes what has happened at DPI in the last couple of years since Mark has taken over.

Here’s a brief look at some of the DPI vacancy numbers through July 11:

  • 157 – Total number of vacancies at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • 46 – The number of vacant positions with no recruitment activity
  • 15 – The number of vacant positions posted
  • 18 – The number of vacant positions in screening
  • 32 – The number of positions for which candidates are being interviewed
  • 31 – The number of vacancies filled
  • 5 – The number of positions DPI is preparing to post
  • 1 – The number of positions being reallocated
  • 12 – The number of positions on hold

And North Carolina’s population is still growing.

But DPI is shrinking.

One thought on “One Year Ago – The Reorganization of a Still Shrinking DPI

  1. Specifically it should be noted and investigated that the sole position responsible for support of visual arts education and dance education has been sitting empty for over a year. As a visual arts teacher I have been pretty outraged by this.


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