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Phenix City School Board hires PR firm

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. - The Phenix City School Board unanimously approved the hiring of a Columbus based public relations firm at their meeting Thursday night. News 3 spoke to the board president Friday who said they have agreed to pay Media, Marketing and More $175 an hour for their services.

Board President Brad Baker said they don't know how long they will have the service and it's just on an hourly basis at this point. This decision comes on the heals of the board buying out former Superintendent Larry DiChiara's contract. There's no cap on the contract with the firm but Baker said they need to get information out to the public in a timely and accurate manner.

"Our kids are not hurt, and that's the message we want to get out. Our kids are better today and they're going to be better down the road. We want our people to know that our teacher and our kids are good and they're not being hurt in any way in this process," said Baker.

Baker said the firm has done work for the school board in the past along with working with other school systems like Muscogee County. Marquette McKnight at the firm said their services will be less expensive than hiring a full time employee. Baker said the service is vital to the school system at this time because the community needs to be informed about the good things going on with Phenix City Schools.

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