KSBA to present nearly 100 awards for excellence in school communications in Lexington Sept. 30

Personnel involved in communications and community outreach from more than 30 districts will be recognized byKSBASept. 30 in Lexington as part of theOASIS (Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services) Awards ceremony.

A total of 98 plaques will be presented during the 15th annual OASISAwards Luncheon at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike, marking the conclusion of the 2011 Kentucky School Public Relation Association (KYSPRA) Fall Professional Development Conference. More than 200 entries were nominated by staff of 31 school districts and the Kentucky School for the Blind in this year’s program. Judging was provided by education communications professionals in Kentucky and Michigan.

Here are the districts which will have staff honored at the OASIS luncheon:

  • Barren
  • Bell
  • Boone
  • Bourbon
  • Bowling Green
  • Boyd
  • Bullitt
  • Campbell
  • Carter
  • Corbin
  • Covington
  • Daviess
  • Fayette
  • Floyd
  • Hardin
  • Harlan
  • Harrison
  • Henderson
  • Jefferson
  • Kenton
  • Kentucky School for the Blind
  • Madison
  • Mayfield
  • Nelson
  • Owensboro
  • Paducah
  • Pike
  • Rowan
  • Russell (Ind.)
  • Warren
  • Whitley

In addition, four districts will be honored with the KSBASweepstakes Awards for earning the highest scores for a set of designated entries from their catalogue of nominations. Those awards also will be presented locally at meetings of the districts' school boards later this year.

Registration is now open here Register for the OASIS Awards luncheon and the full KYSPRAconference, which opens Sept. 29. Registration for the full event is $180 for KYSPRAmembers, $215 for nonmembers. One-day only attendance is available at $100 for members, $130 for non-members. The OASIS banquet may be attended as a single event for $40. The registration deadline is Sept. 23.

Among the presenters for the institute are:

•Madison County Schools Superintendent Tommy Floyd on the power, effectiveness and credibility of school public relations
•Rhonda Caldwell, deputy director, KASA, on leading with passion in stressful times
•Tony Mirones,WCPO-TV, Cincinnati on telling a school’s story through videography
•Marc C. Whitt, associate VP for Public Relations and Marketing, Eastern Kentucky University, on marketing a school district through social networking
•Ken Hughes, crisis communications expert, on effective communications in the middle of a crisis
•Marsha Carpenter, director of Daviess County Community Campus, on high schools of tomorrow that meet students’ unique needs
•Madison County Schools Assistant Superintendent Kevin Hub on leadership styles that maximize PR capacities
•Brad Hughes,KSBA, on building a school PR program from the ground up (for the new and nearly-new school staff)
•A statewide panel of education, government and media experts on dealing with employee issues that go public – what schools can say and should stay away from.

EILACredit is being requested for 10 hours.

For more information, please contact Nancy Howe nancy.howe@grant.kyschools.us, Grant County Schools, at (859) 824-2859.

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