Waterloo Board of Education OKs hiring of TV anchor
Mar 12, 2013 (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
WATERLOO, Iowa -- The Board of Education Monday made KWWL-TV news anchor Tara Thomas' hiring official.
The board approved her appointment as director of school and community relations, which will take effect later this year, at an annual salary of $99,286. Thomas announced the new job with Waterloo Community Schools to KWWL viewers on Feb. 26.
"We had a very strong candidate pool for that position, some very talented individuals," said Bev Smith, associate superintendent for human resources and equity. Thomas was selected after school district officials narrowed the applicants to a group of finalists.
Thomas will replace Sharon Miller, who is retiring from the position. Smith said Thomas is expected to start Aug. 1, but Miller's last day has not yet been determined. "We're working with her to develop a transition," said Smith.
Superintendent Gary Norris said Miller has been "a key member of the superintendent's cabinet" in the position, serving as a liaison with the media. The position also supervises "all of the aspects of the district's parent involvement (efforts), school-business partnerships and mentoring," he said. It includes internal and external communications, such as the automated calling system that contacts parents and the district's website.
Norris noted that Miller took on a number of other duties, as well, like dealing with the district's crisis plan and overseeing its strategic plan. Some of those roles go beyond Miller's job description but became areas of interest or expertise for her.
"We'll begin to work with Tara and see where her passions are, her interests are, other than the main job of the communications chief," said Norris.
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