Apparently the Billings Gazette disagrees with my assessment of the decision of the Billings School District to hire a professional PR person.
In the editorial today, the Gazette argues:
It’s obvious that Billings Public Schools need to communicate more effectively to raise awareness and build trust within the schools, with parents, grandparents, business people and other voters. Much publicity necessarily follows controversy and public funding issues. Those matters must be scrutinized.
I just don’t see it. I’d make the argument that paying $20,000 of taxpayer money for a PR flack sends exactly the wrong message. From that news, I would conclude that 1) the district has plenty of money, and 2) if the voters give them more, they will misspend it. The business of schools is education–and every dollar taken out of the classroom to pay for frivolous administrative positions is a theft from the taxpayers who support schools and the students who are ‘educated’ in them.