In their June 10 meeting, school-board members discussed their desire for a communications specialist within the Waunakee Community School District.

The position would be full time, with an office in the administration building.

“We’re really looking at someone who has experience in public relations and communications,” superintendent Randy Guttenberg said, “who has experience developing and managing a communication plan utilizing both internal and external communication strategies.”

Board members pointed to the need for someone capable of damage control.

“We have a vacuum right now,” stated board member Mike Brandt. “And this would help avoid the issues that other districts are dealing with because they let that vacuum grow and didn’t have a voice out there talking about positive things.”

The superintendent initially introduced the idea of a half-time role paying $40,000.

“I think there’s probably need for it to be full time,” Guttenberg said. “But our step in is for us to look at this as a half-time position.”

However, board members shared concern that qualified candidates may not apply for a half-time position. They motioned for a full-time position to be added to the 2019-2020 budget, pending availability of funds.

Guttenberg said the chosen candidate would likely start in September or October.

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