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Seattle Public Schools today named Phil Brockman to a new position aimed at coordinating various departments during “academic and operational system change.”

The executive director of school operations position, funded by a U.S. Education Department grant to increase high school graduation, will begin next week.

Its creation is another sign that Seattle’s public-school district is gearing up for significant changes in response to technology developments and dwindling budgets.

Brockman is currently serving as the executive director of schools for the northeast, overseeing principals in that region. He is the second of six executive director of schools to leave; Aurora Lora of West Seattle announced last week she is becoming an assistant superintendent in Dallas.

Brockman has been with the district for more than 30 years, including as the principal of Ballard and West Seattle high schools.

He will bring rare experience to the upper level of Seattle school management. Of the nearly a dozen members of the superintendent’s Cabinet, only a couple have been in their job for longer than a year.

The announcement of the new position was made by Bob Boesche, the interim deputy superintendent under new schools chief Jose Banda.