Spring Hill School District Receives 2013 Leadership Through Communication Award

Alexandria, Va., December 27, 2012 – Spring Hill School District, a K-12 suburban school system in Spring Hill, Kan., has been named the 2013 recipient of the Leadership Through Communication Award, jointly sponsored by Blackboard Connect, the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). The award recognizes Barton Goering, Ph.D., superintendent, and Christine Splichal, director of communications, for demonstrating exemplary leadership in the enhancement of school-to-parent communication within the school system and the community they serve. Spring Hill School District serves 3,000 students in six schools.

The judges for the 2013 award were impressed with the high-functioning communications program that has been developed in Spring Hill School District, noting that it is strategic, transparent and two-way in design. Starting with a commitment to improving communication in 2007, the superintendent and Board of Education conducted an internal review and communication audit and began a strategic planning process that resulted in the creation of a full-time communications position. Since then, Dr. Goering and Ms. Splichal have worked together to launch a communication plan that ushered in a time of significant progress for the district.

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