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TSPRA E-newsletter

Issue 264 February 15, 2017 Newsletter
In this issue...

Feature Story
Star Awards information

Other Stories
♦ Final conference checklist
♦ Shuttle schedule
♦ School Communications Legal Workshops

Congratulations,
Upcoming Events
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GOOD TO KNOW

PR Tips from NSPRA

Look for ways to create opportunities for constituents to meet students and teachers and learn more about your district. 

Take a student with you to attend a civic group luncheon meeting and give a short presenation on something happening in school. Ask a newspaper or TV reporter to speak to a class about his or her job. Invite an elected official to have lunch with a small group of students and teachers to discuss new programs, student achievement or academic rigor. 

Personal interaction is the most effective form of communication. Take advantage of the people in your district to tell its stories. 

-- NSPRA's PRincipal Communicator

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Kari Hutchison, director of communications for Comal ISD, served as the 2006-2007 president of the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA). Kari HutchisonKari is a graduate of Trinity University where she earned a degree in broadcast journalism. After graduation in 1982, she took a position as an editor and writer for the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio. Later, she became public relations director for Incarnate Word College, now known as the University of the Incarnate Word.

Kari and her family then moved to Anthony, Texas, the town where she grew up. She then took a position as a communications specialist for El Paso Electric. In 1989, she made the move into public school communications when El Paso ISD hired Kari as a communications specialist. A promotion soon made her executive director of communications and business partnerships, a position she held for the next ten years. During this time, Kari earned her master's degree in communication studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

In 1999, Kari and her family moved to the New Braunfels area where she was hired by Comal ISD as director of communications. According to Marc Walker, superintendent of Comal, "Kari is really the consumate professional in everything she does. She's passionate, sincere, honest, modest and sought out by others. And she is a leader of the people."

At her installation as president during TSPRA's 2006 Annual Conference, Kari presented "TSPRA, a Voice of Trust" as her presidential theme. One of the goals she set for her year was to increase membership.

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