In the world of communications, managing bad news is an art form and the public information officer is the artist. For Steven Frasher at Glendale Unified, the practice has included a lawsuit alleging racial profiling and a student suicide.
So Frasher was just doing his job this week when he announced his own layoff.
“As part of the budget constraints being dealt with at Glendale Unified School District, the position of public information officer has been eliminated, effective today,” he said in an email Tuesday. “I will be leaving Glendale.”
In June, Glendale Unified school board members approved $167.7 million in expenditures for 2012-13, which will include $19.5 million in deficit spending. If voters fail to pass a tax initiative in November, the district stands to lose an additional $11.3 million.