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Hillsborough seeks help in spreading Gates word



TAMPA -- In these days of tight budgets, you don't have to look hard to find school districts that are doing without support services like, say, communications offices.

But Hillsborough's communications effort may be on the verge of growing, thanks to some friends in Seattle.

The district plans to spend $375,000 of its $100 million teacher effectiveness grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to hire communications firm Hill & Knowlton on an 18-month contract, the better to explain that aforementioned grant -- both to employees and the outside world.

The foundation expects grantees to explain their reforms, and communications director Stephen Hegarty said appointing an outside firm to help with that effort was always part of Hillsborough's plan.

Take a look here for details on that and other agenda items for Tuesday's 3 p.m. board meeting.

-- Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:52am]


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