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Janssen takes communications jobs off the table after board raises questions

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August

Hold off.

That's what Pinellas County superintendent Julie Janssen heard from board members this morning before agreeing to withdraw a series of communications department changes that would have awarded one man a 12 percent pay raise.

Board member Terry Krassner asked the board to indefinitely delay a vote to approve the creation of a chief communications officer, a position that Janssen had picked district TV manager David Cook to fulfill.

Board members Robin Wikle, Janet Clark and Linda Lerner all said they felt the chief communications officer job description was written to suit a specific person (Cook), and not necessarily to fulfill, as Wikle said, "the function" of the job.

"You just can't do that," Clark said.

After limited discussion, Janssen offered to remove that job change, along with three other new job decription changes, until a future time. The board, meanwhile, plans to discuss the topic again during an Aug. 23 workshop.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 1:16pm]

    

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