Katy ISD Public Relations Team Recognized with Awards

From Left: Sarah Klein – Coordinator of Events & Special Projects, Brian LePori – Web Manager, Maria DiPetta – Manager of Media Relations & Multimedia, Ray Cortez – Videographer, Leah Marchione – Director of Internal & Community Relations

KATY – The Katy Independent School District was awarded 13 Star Awards for outstanding work in communications, branding and school public relations by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA), as part of that organization’s annual awards program.  The District competed against 1,460 other entries from school districts across the state and won one “Best of Category,” and five gold and seven silver recognitions.

“Our team’s number one priority is to keep our parents, students and community members connected and informed through transparent and timely communication that reaches stakeholders where they are at, be it on-line or in-person,” said Chief Communications Officer, Dr. Andrea Grooms.  “The staff’s proactive approach to engaging the community through multiple communications campaigns and platforms provides unique opportunities for our community’s voice to be heard and a part of decision-making that directly impacts our students’ learning experiences,” added Grooms.

Katy ISD’s Star Awards include:

Best of Category:

  1. Katy ISD Update:  October 2017

Gold Star:

  1. 2018 Student Excellence Event Program
  2. Transportation Centers Dedication Program
  3. Superintendent’s 2017 Convocation Address
  4. Be the Legacy
  5. Katy ISD Update: October 2017

Silver Star:

  1. 2018 Student Excellence Event Invitation
  2. Katy ISD Nurse of the Year
  3. “The Katy Bunch” – Video Script
  4. Hindt’s Highlights – March 2018
  5. Katy ISD Texting and Driving PSA
  6. Katy ISD JROTC Profile
  7. Maintenance & Operations Profile

The Communications Department and Internal and Community Relations Department are responsible for district-wide communications initiatives, media relations, website operations, district social media, videography projects, crisis communications, staff communications, events, and Community Education in a school district of 80,000+ students and more than 300,000 stakeholders.


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