The Barrow County Board of Education decided during its Tuesday meeting not to add a costly public relations position to the school district’s central office staff. Board members were divided on the issue and voted 6-3 to deny superintendent Wanda Creel’s recommendation to post the job with a salary range between $63,000-94,000. Board member Connie Wehunt vocally supported the move saying, "I think we need someone out there to sing our praises, because Barrow County Schools have come a long way.” Wehunt also said that if a newspaper contacts Creel during an inconvenient time for a comment on a story, Creel should "tell the papers where to put it." Wehunt and board members Lynn Stevens and Bill Bramlett supported hiring a PR person. Some other members voiced support for the idea, but said the timing was bad.
For the full story, see the Nov. 14 issue of the Barrow Journal.