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Reynoldsburg works to improve communication within district
Such a simple word, but powerful enough to open up a dialog that can be informational and educational.
Administration and staff in Reynoldsburg City Schools are in the process of improving communication within their walls, the home and the community.
Using field research, surveys and interviews, Reynoldsburg is in the midst of formulating a plan based on a district-wide audit.
“We’re looking for consistencies and inconsistencies,” said Tricia Moore, coordinator of community outreach. “We want to develop a central message.”
As the city’s second largest employer with approximately 700 employees scattered over five elementary schools, two middle schools, a pair of junior high buildings and the high school, getting the message out and on time is a formidable task - even in the computer age.
“We want to increase community understanding and increase board and staff understanding,” said Moore during a Nov. 16 school board meeting. “We want to provide an avenue for two-way communication and enhance our image.”
The district is redesigning its logo and creating a new slogan, she said.
“You’ll see it in the re-design of the website, which will launch next year,” Moore said. “We’re working with point people in each building to help them know how to do this (input electronic information) to do it quickly and identify information people need to know. There is a focus on keeping things current and consistent.”
Parents, students and community members are invited to sign up for weekly electronic newsletters via e-mail or through social networks. They can also receive a paper copy of a newsletter by calling their local school.
“They can get the same information, they just have to decide how they want to receive it,” Moore said. “We have the tools available for us to be more efficient. The website will streamline the district process and allow the buildings to get more information out there.”
It’s an exciting opportunity for two-way dialog, she said.
“We can never do enough to get parents involved,” Moore said. “We’ll continue to create opportunities to make parents feel welcome and communications helps that. And, as we get better in sending things out electronically, we can save money. ”
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