UPDATE: at 10: 39 a.m. Go here for county explanation but it’s not a clear one, at least not to me.
UPDATE at 8:36 a.m Friday: DeKalb spokesman told me via e-mail that he would provide “some information” on this later this morning.
A DeKalb teacher sent me this outraged note about a current job posting for a secretary in DeKalb’s central office:
As a teacher and a taxpaying citizen, I am outraged to find that DeKalb County Schools has posted a job opening (1271-2011) for a Secretary to the Chief Officer who would make more than I do. The salary range is $53,186.40 to $72,285.60, but unlike me or many of my colleagues, this person needs only a high school diploma or a GED. According to the web site, the job is posted for only a week (Nov. 4-Nov.11).
Given the support for SPLOST (even if the voting numbers were low), furlough days for us teachers, increases in insurance premiums, and the possibility of further budget cuts, this salary does little to evidence DeKalb’s ability to manage taxpayers’ money.
So, I went to the school district web site, and the teacher is correct. I recognize that top secretaries earn good salaries, but this seems high for a starting salary, especially in a down economy. The job requirements appear standard — I couldn’t see any rare skill set being sought – so I am unsure why the salary range is so high.
It’s midnight, but I will call DeKalb in the morning about this job.
From the site:
The DeKalb County School District is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as Secretary to the Chief Information Officer.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or GED equivalent required. Associate’s degree in office management or other related field preferred. Minimum of one (1) year experience in an administrative support position required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
May require: Knowledge of current office best practices and procedures; use of office machines and equipment; proper and business English, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; methods and techniques used in recordkeeping; principles and practices of supervision; organizational and department functions Skill in effective oral, written and interpersonal communication; taking and transcribing dictation and a variety of materials that may include statements and minutes; composition, setting up and typing a variety of correspondence, reports and other materials Ability to perform a variety of administrative support assignments; meet and interact with various governmental officials/community representatives, students, parents, personnel and other visitors.
$53,186.40 to $72,285.60
–from Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog