Awards announced for 2017 KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest

The results of the 2017 KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest are in with close to 90 certificates earned by the participating school districts.

This year marks the 26th year for the contest. It began in 1992 as a joint venture between KASB and KanSPRA.

Top award winners include Western Plains USD 106, Prairie Hills USD 113, Andover USD 385 and Derby USD 260.

Recognition is earned in ten categories based on points for (a) Research and Assessment of Need, (b) Analysis and Planning, (c) Evaluation and Results, (d) Overall Appearance, and (e) Content and Readability. A “sweepstakes winner” is also named for each enrollment category based on the total points earned across for all entries.

The publications are evaluated and judged using a reciprocal arrangement through an NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association) network of other state school public relations

The 2017 Sweepstakes Award Winners are:

  • Western Plains USD 106 (Enrollment Under 500 FTE)
  • Prairie Hills USD 113 (Enrollment 1000-1699 FTE)
  • Andover USD 385 (Enrollment 1700-4999 FTE)
  • Derby USD 260 (Enrollment Over 5000 FTE)

(No awards were earned in 2017 for the enrollment category between 501-999 FTE)

2017 Certificate Winners by Award Category are:

Audio / Video  – Award of Excellence                       

Leavenworth Public Schools – USD 453
“See Me After Class 453” (podcast): Episode 1-
“Welcome to the Show”
Jake Potter, Director of Public Relations
Mike Roth, Superintendent

Emporia Public Schools – USD 253
“Graduates: Walking in their shoes”
Matthew Fowler, Electronic Media Specialist
Kevin Case, Superintendent

Derby Public Schools / USD 260
“Derby Public Schools – Put Students First”
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent

Haysville Public Schools – USD 261
“Capturing Kids’ Hearts: The Freeman Elementary Story”
Nate McGee, Freeman Elementary Counselor
John Burke, Superintendent

Wichita Public Schools – USD 259
“Drop, Cover and Hold – Earthquake Safety
for Kansas Teachers and
Students”
Susan Arensman, News and Media Relations Manager
Alicia Thompson, Superintendent

Audio / Video  – Certificate of Merit                         

Western Plains Public Schools – USD 106
“Stand up to the Bully”
Amy Flax, Journalism Instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent

Prairie Hills Pubic Schools – USD 113
“Oct. 10, 2016 Board of Education Meeting Review”
Todd J. Evans, Superintendent

Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Public Schools – USD 204
USD 204 Bond Election Video – “Parent Perspective”
Kaela Williams, Communications Coordinator
Daniel Brungardt, Superintendent

Geary County Public Schools – USD 475
“JCHS Class of 2017 Graduation”
Christine Johnson, Communications Coordinator
Corbin Witt, Superintendent

Shawnee Mission Public Schools – USD 512
“Jump Start in the Shawnee Mission School District”
Shawna Samuel, Director of Communications
Kenny Southwick, Interim Superintendent

Maize Public Schools – USD 266
“Maize USD 266 Hosts Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games”
Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications
Chad Higgins, Superintendent

Olathe Public Schools – USD 233
“What is the Olathe Way?”
Maggie Kolb, Director of Communications
John Allison, Superintendent

Calendar / Handbook – Award of Excellence                        

Seaman Public Schools – USD 345
2017-2018 Calendar & Information Guide
Candace LeDuc, Director of Communications & Grants
Steve Noble, Superintendent

Calendar / Handbook – Certificate of Merit                          

El Dorado Public Schools – USD 490
2017-2018 USD 490 Activities Calendar
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Sue Givens, Superintendent

Dodge City Public Schools – USD 443
2017-2018 Academic School Calendar
Karen Jo Blankman, Public Information Administrative Assistant
Fred Dierksen, Superintendent

Blue Valley Public Schools – USD 229
Blue Valley Parent District Handbook 2017-18
Becky Miller, Communications Specialist
Todd White, Superintendent

Geary County Public Schools – USD 475
2017-2018 USD 475 Secretary Information Handbook
Christine Johnson, Communications Coordinator
Corbin Witt, Superintendent

Derby Public Schools / USD 260
Derby Hills Elementary 2016-2017 Student Handbook
James Moffett, Derby Hills Principal
and Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent

Andover Public Schools – USD 385
2017-18 District Calendar
Nicole Gibbs, Director of Communication
and Leah Leach, Communication Assistant
Brett White, Superintendent

District Report Card / Annual Report – Award of Excellence                                   

Gardner Edgerton Public Schools – USD 231
“State of the District Annual Report”
Leann Northway, Director of Community Relations
Pam Stranathan, Superintendent

District Report Card / Annual Report –

Certificate of Merit

El Dorado Public Schools – USD 490
“2016-2017 Annual Report”
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Sue Givens, Superintendent

Blue Valley Public Schools – USD 229
“2016-17 Annual Report Executive Summary”
Kaci Brutto, Director of Communications
Todd White, Superintendent

Electronic Publication – Award of Excellence

Spring Hill Public Schools – USD 230
“Week @ A Glance”
Misty Eytcheson, Director of Communications
Wayne Burke, Superintendent

Electronic Publication – Certificate of Merit

Derby Public Schools / USD 260
“NOW: News of the Week” (weekly staff e-newsletter)
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent

Maize Public Schools – USD 266
“Maize USD 266 Connections” e-newsletter
Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications
Chad Higgins, Superintendent

Shawnee Mission Public Schools – USD 512
“Direct from the District”
Shawna Samuel, Director of Communications
Kenny Southwick, Interim Superintendent

Andover Public Schools – USD 385
“A-List Employee Newsletter”
Nicole Gibbs, Director of Communication
and Leah Leach, Communication Assistant
Brett White, Superintendent

Marketing Materials / Special Purpose Publication – Award of Excellence

Blue Valley Public Schools – USD 229
“BV CARE” Marketing Materials
Becky Miller, Communications Specialist
Todd White, Superintendent

Geary County Public Schools – USD 475
“JCHS Way Forward Key Facts” trifold
Christine Johnson, Communications Coordinator
Corbin Witt, Superintendent

Maize Public Schools – USD 266
“Maize USD 266 Student Placement Flow Chart”
Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications
Chad Higgins, Superintendent

Shawnee Mission Public Schools – USD 512
“Signature Program” handout
Shawna Samuel, Director of Communications
Kenny Southwick, Interim Superintendent

Marketing Materials / Special Purpose Publication – Certificate of Merit                          

Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Public Schools – USD 204
USD 204 Recruiting Postcards
Kaela Williams, Communications Coordinator
Daniel Brungardt, Superintendent

Seaman Public Schools – USD 345
Informational Preschool Flier
Candace LeDuc, Director of Communications and Grants
Steve Noble, Superintendent

Dodge City Public Schools – USD443
“2016-2017 Staff Directory”
Karen Jo Blankman, Public Information Administrative Assistant
Fred Dierksen, Superintendent

Dodge City Public Schools – USD443
“School Zone”
Regina Bosley, Public Information Specialist
Fred Dierksen, Superintendent

Derby Public Schools / USD 260
“Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022”
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent

Andover Public Schools – USD 385“2016-17 USD 385 Return on Investment”
Nicole Gibbs, Director of Communication
and Leah Leach, Communication Assistant
Brett White, Superintendent

Newsletters – Certificate of Excellence

Gardner Edgerton Public Schools – USD 231
“The Horizon,” Newsletter/News Magazine
Leann Northway, Director of Community Relations
Pam Stranathan, Superintendent

Spring Hill Public Schools – USD 230
Spring Hill High School Newsletter
Misty Eytcheson, Director of Communications
Wayne Burke, Superintendent

Newsletters – Certificate of Merit                            

Western Plains Public Schools – USD 106
“Cat Tracks”
Amy Flax, Journalism instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent

El Dorado Public Schools – USD 490
“Focus on 490”
Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services
Sue Givens, Superintendent

Blue Valley Public Schools – USD 229
“Blue Valley Today”
Kaci Brutto, Director of Communications
Todd White, Superintendent

Derby Public Schools – USD 260
“Derby School News”
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent

Andover Public Schools – USD 385
“Fall 2016 Andover Update”
Nicole Gibbs, Director of Communication
and Leah Leach, Communication Assistant
Brett White, Superintendent 

Photo / Photo Series – Certificate of Merit                           

Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Public Schools – USD 204
USD 204 Eclipse Photo Series
Kaela Williams, Communications Coordinator
Daniel Brungardt, Superintendent

Spring Hill Public Schools – USD 230
Hard Hat Photo
Misty Eytcheson, Director of Communications
Wayne Burke, Superintendent

Geary County Public Schools – USD 475
“Swinging with Joy”
Christine Johnson, Communications Coordinator
Corbin Witt, Superintendent

Derby Public Schools / USD 260
“Ringing the School Bell”
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent

Maize Public Schools – USD 266
Maize USD 266 Photo Series
Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications
Chad Higgins, Superintendent

Olathe Public Schools – USD 233
“Behind the Wheel”
Maggie Kolb, Director of Communications
John Allison, Superintendent

Olathe Public Schools – USD 233
“Smile for the Camera”
Maggie Kolb, Director of Communications
John Allison, Superintendent

Wichita Public Schools – USD 259
South High School CSI Lesson
Susan Arensman, News and Media Relations Manager
Alicia Thompson, Superintendent 

Project, Special Event or Program – Certificate of Merit                              

Western Plains Public Schools – USD 106
“Stand up to the Bully”
Amy Flax, Journalism Instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent

Blue Valley Public Schools – USD 229
“BV Best Day” – American Education Week 2016
Becky Miller, Communications Specialist
Todd White, Superintendent

Derby Public Schools / USD 260
“Summer Meal Program”
Martha Lawson, Food Service Supervisor
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent

Shawnee Mission Public Schools – USD 512
“New Building Dedication in the Shawnee Mission School District”
Shawna Samuel, Director of Communications
Kenny Southwick, Interim Superintendent

Andover Public Schools – USD 385
“2017 Bond Issue”
Nicole Gibbs, Director of Communication
and Leah Leach, Communication Assistant
Brett White, Superintendent

Websites / Social Media – Award of Excellence                              

Blue Valley Public Schools – USD 229
Board Appreciation Month Social Media Campaign
Becky Miller, Communications Specialist
Todd White, Superintendent

Derby Public Schools / USD 260
Derby Public Schools Website
Katie Carlson, Director of Communications
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent

Websites / Social Media – Certificate of Merit                    

Western Plains Public Schools – USD 106
USD 106 Website/Social Media
Amy Flax, Journalism Instructor
Jeff Jones, Superintendent

Andover Public Schools – USD 385
Andover USD 385 Online Communication
Nicole Gibbs, Director of Communication
and Leah Leach, Communication Assistant
Brett White, Superintendent

Spring Hill Public Schools – USD 230
USD 230 Website
Misty Eytcheson, Director of Communications
Wayne Burke, Superintendent

Geary County Public Schools – USD 475
connectED
Christine Johnson, Communications Coordinator
Corbin Witt, Superintendent

Maize Public Schools – USD 266
Maize USD 266 website
Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications
Chad Higgins, Superintendent

Olathe Public Schools – USD 233
Solar Eclipse
Maggie Kolb, Director of Communications
John Allison, Superintendent

Olathe Public Schools – USD 233
9/11 Artifact Dedication
Maggie Kolb, Director of Communications
John Allison, Superintendent

Dodge City Public Schools – USD443
Dodge City Public Schools Facebook page
Yvonda Offerle, Public Information Officer
Fred Dierksen, Superintendent

Dodge City Public Schools – USD443
USD 443 Twitter page
Yvonda Offerle, Public Information Officer
Fred Dierksen, Superintendent

Dodge City Public Schools – USD443
USD 443 website
Yvonda Offerle, Public Information Officer
Fred Dierksen, Superintendent

Wichita Public Schools – USD 259
Senior Spotlight
Susan Arensman, News and Media Relations Manager
Alicia Thompson, Superintendent

Writing – Certificate of Merit                        

Prairie Hills Pubic Schools – USD 113
“StudentsFirst@ks.gov”
Todd J. Evans, Superintendent

Blue Valley Public Schools – USD 229
“A chance to climb mountains”
Becky Miller, Communications Specialist
Todd White, Superintendent

Derby Public Schools / USD 260
“Superintendent Entry Plan”
Heather Bohaty, Superintendent

Maize Public Schools – USD 266
“Quality public education for all students a necessity”
Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications
Chad Higgins, Superintendent

Dodge City Public Schools – USD443
“Dewell inducted into Ring of Honor”
Yvonda Offerle, Public Information Officer
Fred Dierksen, Superintendent

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