Merge lobbying & PR to save teaching positions

The MMSD could save one or more teaching positions by combining two positions – public relations and government relations.
The government relations position seems unnecessary given the excellent work of Arlene Silviera and the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools. They have done more in a few short months than the MMSD has ever done to raise awareness about inadequate state funding.
Additionally, most district do not employ a lobbyist, but rely on the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, Wisconsin Council for Administrators of Special Services, and other organizations lobbying in the state Capitol
The PR position doesn’t seem necessary because the press seems to want to talk to the superintendent, not the PR guy.
Put the two positions together and the MMSD loses nothing and saves services delivered directly to students.

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  1. Or, perhaps, the job description for PR position could include the responsibility for being point person on responding to requests for MMSD information from the public. Such as this one:
    “Thank you for scheduling public hearings on the budget at both east and west side locations this week.
    I have been unable to find on the MMSD web site a version of the 07-08 budget presented in the Citizen’s Budget format. Is this available somewhere?”
    I emailed this query to the contact address on the MMSD web site a week ago. No reply as yet. Public relations effect: not great.

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