The Jackson Public School Board of Trustees considered awarding a $24,000 consulting contract with Eric Stringfellow at its February 7 meeting. This contract would be the second such consulting gig JPS has thrown at Mr. Stringfellow in the last six months. The contract states that Mr. Stringfellow will:
JPS will pay $6,000 per month from February to May. The school board also approved a $10,000 consulting agreement for similar services last August. The contract expired at the end of October. Mr. Stringfellow provided an activities report (p.14 in documents posted below) on September 1 that gives a stirring account of his work on behalf of the children of Jackson Public Schools. He lunched with the Bishop, went to receptions, wrote speeches, hobnobbed with the media, engaged in community outreach, and developed a message for JPS that addressed the notorious MDE audit.
a) Assist the District in both a school closure and transportation outsourcing study;
b) Regularly solicit, write and pitch guest editorials to media outlets; (Do you think this website will be on that list?)
c) Secure a regular guest editorial rotation for the interim superintendent with The Clarion-Ledger and other outlets;
d) Develop and implement an action plan that allows the interim superintendent to interact with parents through social media and face-to-face contact;
e) Develop an aggressive, creative plan to showcase more District events to media, which will include discerning which information about faculty, administrators and students, is more suited for internal platforms and what is most appropriate for the commercial media;
f) Secure outreach sessions with civic, community , and elected officials; as well as faith leaders and law enforcement;
g)Work with the administration and Board of Trustees to develop new messaging for the District, develop communication protocols and be responsible for addressing media inquiries in a swift, logical and sensitive manner;
h)Assist with publishing and producing news editorials for the District; and
i) Assist in ensuring that Board and District communication is consistent and efficient.
JPS paid Mr. Strinfellow $6,000 on September 1 for his work in June, July, and August. It paid him another $4,000 on September 21 for his work in August and September. JPS paid him yet another $8,000 on December 14 for unspecified services.
Kingfish note: $42,000 to a spin doctor, $750,000 for bond pimps, no-bid contracts, yet it's all the fault of charter schools.