Manchester school district administration expands with three new hires
The salaries for the spokesperson and for the other new position, an executive director to oversee a plan to improve struggling schools, are set to exceed the upper limit posted for the jobs. The salary of the other new hire — the clerk of the school board — will be more than $10,000 higher than that of her predecessor.
The report indicated that the executive director would be paid $100,000 a year out of the district's general fund. The director would oversee the "Innovation Zone," a plan promoted by state and federal education officials to boost performance at seven city schools.
Livingston said the reason for raising the pay to six figures should be discussed in non-public session, which the board held later in the evening. After it reconvened, the board voted to approve the position at the pay of $100,000.
Creating a public relations liaison was one of Livingston's first proposals when she became the new superintendent. The board backed hiring the public relations person to serve as a "cheerleader" for the district and to communicate with the public and the press.
The personnel report indicated that the new spokeswoman would be paid $38,000.
Livingston's assistant, Tracy Mancuso, said a final version of the personnel report and information about the final votes taken at Monday's meeting would not be available until Wednesday.
The new spokesperson, who started work Tuesday, is Andrea Alley. According to her LinkedIn profile, Alley previously worked as the director of communications for the Southern New Hampshire Health System and for the New Hampshire Hospital Association.
"I didn't support this to begin with," Langton said of the spokesperson job. "I thought teachers were more important at this point in time."