Pasco County School Board member pushes for expanded district communications
Pasco School Board member Alison Crumbley, seeking reelection in the fall, is pushing hard in support of administration plans to expand the district's communication team.
Crumbley, who works in marketing for her family real estate firm, has advocated for improved communication from the schools since she first won her seat in 2010. She noted that many of the district's key problems under both superintendents she has worked with might have been resolved better with more straightforward and clear information coming from the district.
"You can solve problems before they happen wth good communication," she suggested.
So Crumbley jumped on a recently presented proposal to reorganize the district communication and government relations office, arguing it's about time to take the step. She contended the job of dealing with families, employees and other government entities had grown too large for a small office.
She expressed strong support for a new communication and marketing specialist position, costing the district around $60,000. That person could improve the district by letting people know of the existing and new programs available for students, she said, which could attract more children into the schools.
"If you have good programs and nobody knows about them, then how good are they?" Crumbley said.
She predicted the board will find money for the new job, despite superintendent Kurt Browning's warning that new money for is limited.
"That one is a cost that will reflect into everything we do, and will probably end up saving us some money," Crumbley said.
The communication reorganization plan comes to the board for consideration later this spring. Crumbley currently faces no opposition to her seat.