Quaker Valley hires new spokesperson
By Adam Brandolph and Bobby Cherry
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 12:10 a.m.
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Quaker Valley school board members on Tuesday approved hiring North Hills School District spokeswoman Tina Vojtko to replace outgoing spokeswoman Martha Smith.
Vojtko served under Superintendent Joseph Clapper when he led North Hills in 2005 and 2006.
"It's a great opportunity," Vojtko said. "I've always enjoyed working with him."
Vojtko will start around July 1 and earn $65,000 a year, according to a published school board agenda.
At Quaker Valley, Vojtko will be director of communications and development - a new position that will include seeking alternative funding, Clapper said.
"I'll put her to work right away," Clapper said. "I'm really happy she was interested in coming here."
Vojtko comes into the position with some knowledge of Quaker Valley, as Clapper had previously hired her to perform consulting work in the district, she said.
Vojtko said she helped with multimedia presentations for the first day of school for teachers and "different communication issues that have arisen."
Vojtko will have spent 11 years at North Hills. She said she believes the district is planning to fill her position.
Clapper said there was a "very selective" search. "It's one thing to find a quality communications person, which she is, but she also has development experience. She's got the whole package. Everything we were looking for.
"We're looking forward to it. Obviously I know her skills and her work ethic. She will be a real asset to the district."
Clapper said Smith, who will retire next month, was a "great ambassador" for the district.
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Spending nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money to evict people from there homes to build a parking lot to accomodate people who ignore traffic laws? Spending $16,000 after the fact to conduct a traffic study to make the school board feel better about its piracy against the taxpayers of QV and residents of Leetsdale? If they had any self-respect, the board would resign in shame. But, of course, the answer is not admitting mistakes, but wasting more money hiring a new spokesman. None of this, of course, will teach one child one useful thing, but that's clearly not the school board's priority. School is dull, spending other people's money on facility "enhancements" is exciting. For shame.