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Superintendent upgrades secretary job

February 07, 2002

Superintendent upgrades secretary job



By TARA REILLY
tarar@herald-mail.com


Washington County interim Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan has upgraded the vacant secretary position in her office to a post that brings with it up to a $5,653 pay increase.

The position, assistant to the superintendent, will pay between $40,989 to $44,850 a year, Morgan said.

The secretary position became vacant when Kathy Forrest left last month. Public Information Officer Carol Mowen said Forrest, whose salary was $39,159 this year, had been performing many of the duties included in the upgraded position.

"The upgrade really is long overdue," Mowen said.

She said the board's human resources department is classifying the position as a "transition" position.

The assistant to the superintendent will work 7.5 hours a day, 12 months a year.

Morgan said she needs the assistant to help carry out her many tasks.

"I'm not looking for the average secretary," she said. "I don't feel people should have a high level of responsibility without being appropriately compensated for it."

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The new assistant will, among other things:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Maintain the superintendent's schedule and make arrangements for conferences, meetings, special events and interviews.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Deal with correspondence and documents coming in and out of the superintendent's office, work independently to prepare written and verbal responses, with final review by the superintendent.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Perform administrative and secretarial duties, including filing, photocopying and overseeing maintenance of office equipment.

"The days of having someone who types and files are over," Morgan said. "I need much more than a secretary."

She said her office receives a lot of phone calls regarding "serious" educational issues, and that the assistant will field many of the calls.

"This position often is the voice to the public," Morgan said.

Mowen said the assistant will need to have extensive experience working with a number of computer programs and be able to keep certain School Board matters confidential.

She said other school systems throughout the state have similar assistant positions.

The deadline to apply for the job -which does not require a college degree, although one is preferred -was Jan. 31. Morgan said she plans to begin looking at the applications at the beginning of next week.

Morgan will be the interim superintendent until June 30. Her four-year contract as schools superintendent will go into effect July 1.

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