Canastota schools discuss public relations

On the heels of results from the district-wide survey, school board members kicked around ideas and discussed opportunities to better communicate with the community at large.

Superintendent of Schools Fred Bragan suggested an e-newsletter. Community members could get on a list serve and emails would be sent with information on upcoming events and general district news. Bragan said the site would be secure where email addresses could not be seen by everyone on the list.

"We could put out a short e-letter to reference new things coming out more timely and frequently," said Trustee Don Campanaro. "We lead them to the web site."

"We should still continue with hard copy [newsletters]," said Trustee Steven Stokes.

Bragan said the newsletter is mailed to residents within in the district six times a year.

Board President Bernard Gleeson suggested extra hard copy newsletters be distributed more locally to places where people can pick them up, like the library.

Stokes said he'd like to see more information on the web site.

"We need to get into a regular habit of updating the web site," Bragan said.

"Maybe we need to offer training to teachers," Stokes said.

Gleeson said communication works both ways and is sought by those looking.

Stokes said the best they can do is to offer as many ways as possible to communicate.

Bragan suggested more information from board members to place in the newsletter explaining frequently asked questions like, what is an executive session.

Policy committee Trustee Stephen Nellis said the committee was making minor changes to its computer policy that would prohibit student access to certain areas to prevent a situation that happened at Fayetteville-Manlius High School where students were able to go into the computer system and change grades. Nellis said the amended policy will be presented at the next board meeting.

The board will meet again Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

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