(UPDATE: It's actually $450K the school PR gets - not $360K. (I'm sure this is one correction the school people didn't want me to make. Heh.)
Central office staffing is a big issue with some county officials. It gets brought up about this time each year. Some say the office - at about 210 folks - is overstaffed. Others say it's lean and mean.
I don't know. It's probably somewhere in between.
What I do know, however, is that I like to pick on the city because it spends more than $250,000 in folding paper on PR. But, check out public affairs in the school system's central office: $450K in coin. And that's not including benefits.
Yeah, yeah, I know: They do more than just public relations.
And Michael “Big Sexy” Grider over in county Mayor Tim Burchett's office (where the entire PR budget is about $55,000) does more than make sure that the mayor's Superman cape doesn't get caught in the doorway.
Anyhoo, click right smack here for the salaries for the folks who are considered “central office staffing” for the Knox County school systems.
And note that the head of PR earns more than the chief of staff of security.
Course, fair is fair. The city's top PR spin doc earns like $20K more than the school system's.