In our work, continuous improvement is tied to the concept of Lean Six Sigma.
Lean Six Sigma is a managerial philosophy used by many of the world’s leading private sector companies, including many located within our District. Lean Six Sigma is a data-driven problem solving methodology resulting in an improved process or outcome when deployed correctly.
Several projects are underway, including an examination of the District’s copier and printer contracts, numbers, and use practices. Using data-driven problem solving techniques, we will be analyzing the District’s copier and printer costs, comparing those costs to actual needs, with the goal of reducing copier and printer costs district wide.
The District is fully committed to implementing these concepts and to operating in the most efficient manner possible.
In addition to a systematic approach to increased efficiencies, the District was ranked number one amongst a group of 14 similar sized districts when it comes to the percentage of budget spent on instruction. About 75% of the District’s budget is spent on classroom instruction and there are 13 districts in Franklin County with a higher administrative cost per pupil than Dublin City Schools.
It will take time to implement these new concepts in a District as large as Dublin City Schools, but we are fully committed to lean operations and continuous improvement.