SHIRLEY -- The school district's business manager, Evan Katz, said he doesn't usually appreciate salesmen dropping in to pitch products.
However, he said one salesman has presented an option to save the school district thousands of advertising dollars.
"This is a really interesting opportunity," Katz said during the Jan. 9 School Committee meeting.
SchoolSpring -- www.schoolspring.com -- is a Web site for educators that serves as a posting board for schools and a tool for job seekers, he said.
The company offered a half-year contract for $600, he said. One classified advertisement in the Boston Globe's Sunday edition costs nearly $4,000, Katz pointed out.
For $100 a month, the district can create job postings and maintain a public profile on the SchoolSpring Web site, he said.
"For far less than one ad in a major Sunday paper, we can post all of our jobs," said Katz.
It's not a passive site, either, he said. The company also runs advertisements that target educators and encourage them to look at its Web site.
The goal is to save money, said Katz. Many school districts use the Web site. For relatively short money, he said the district can determine whether it is effective.
Katz spoke with interim Superintendent of Schools Malcolm "Mac" Reid, as well as other staff members. They all agreed that the presentation given by representatives of the company was worthwhile, he said.
A link can be provided on the school district's
Committee members supported Katz's decision to take advantage of the company's six-month trial offer.
"This is huge," said committee Vice Chairman Donald Parker. -- Keyna Thomas