Driving the Chancellor
The human resources section of the DCPS website is filled with job openings, not unusual for a school system with an overwhelming level of need. Postings include a psychologist for the Head Start program, project coordinator for the Special Education "critical response team," and a "mentor teacher" to help novice instructors.
One opening, announced in July and yet-to-be-filled, is for a driver to move Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee around the District. The schools chief logs a lot of time in her government SUV, feverishly answering e-mails and returning calls as she bounces from meeting to meeting.
Spokeswoman Dena Iverson said the chancellor is neither unhappy with her current driver nor picky about finding a new one.
"The chancellor's current driver is looking to enter into a faster-paced field position," Iverson said in an e-mail. "Honestly, though, we haven't focused on filling the position given the incredibly pressing priorities pertaining to schools."
For those interested, the position pays between $29,800 and $38,400 a year. And it involves more than knowing the quickest way from Tenleytown to Anacostia. The driver must be familiar with "rules and regulations concerning safeguarding of highly confidential documents, as well as conversations."
He or she must also be able to "coordinate and/or provide physical safety in a hostile or confrontational situation."
February 26, 2009; 6:45 AM ET
Categories: Bill Turque , Education
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