News release - 12-4-14

Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy of Polk County Public Schools is this year’s “Outstanding Superintendent Communicator,” an honor handed out by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association.

LeRoy accepted the award earlier today in Tampa at the 69th Annual Joint Conference of the Florida School Boards Association.

Having joined Polk County Public Schools just 18 months ago, LeRoy focuses on transparent communication. Described as a collaborative leader and consensus builder, LeRoy reaches her communication decisions after considering multiple perspectives and input, creating trust and teamwork along the way.

Thanks to new programs called “Power Up Polk” and “Accelerating Maximum Potential (AMP) Academics,” summer school attendance jumped 400 percent over last year – 837 students to 3,374 this year. This is but one example of LeRoy’s focus on strong communication efforts to reach powerful and measurable results.

LeRoy depends heavily on her communications team and devotes resources to make sure all stakeholders in the community stay informed and empowered with the latest information. She even makes her school visits known via an interactive online “Trace Her Tracks” map. Using a “One Vision, One Voice” approach, LeRoy realizes it takes strong, effective communications to earn the public’s support and provide a high-quality education for all students.

Polk County Public Schools, located in Central Florida, is the country’s 30th largest school district and includes over 100,000 students and 13,000-plus employees.

An out-of-state committee comprised of school PR professionals chose this year’s winner. Judges included Laura Nurse, APR, Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia; Sharon Anglim, Maryville City Schools in Tennessee; and Jason Gaston, Hoover City Schools in Alabama.

Blackboard, a leader in school communication platforms, is the exclusive sponsor of this year’s award.


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