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UCPS Communications Office wins two national awards
The Union County Public Schools Communications Office has received two National School Public Relations Association awards of excellence, recognizing outstanding school public relations publications across the nation.
The awards recognize two entries: the Frog and Toad poster designed by UCPS Visual Communications Coordinator Arthur Rogers as a promotional material for a play at Benton Height Elementary School of the Arts; and a UCPS Identity Package, a marketing campaign produced by UCPS Chief Communications Officer Luan Ingram, (now retired); UCPS Communications Coordinator Deb Coates Bledsoe; UCPS Visual Communications Coordinator Arthur Rogers; and UCPS Web Communications Coordinator Don Mace.
A complete list of all national winners are posted on the NSPRA’s Awards web site.
Additionally, the Communications Office, now under the leadership of Rob Jackson, Community Relations and Communications Liaison, was recognized by board members for receiving an A+ grade for the UCPS website, awarded by the Sunshine Review for transparency.
UCPS was the only school system in North Carolina to get an A+ recognition. Sunshine Review is a pro-transparency non-profit that recently analyzed and graded the transparency of North Carolina government web sites.
In spite of budget cuts that have reduced the Communications Office from five full-time staffers to one full-time employee (Bledsoe), Jackson, who oversees the Communications Office and works with Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the area of partnership development, said the Communications Office will maintain the high quality standards the school system and the community have come to expect.
Ingram, the Chief Communications Officer for almost 20 years, retired in June after a total of 33 years of service, first as a teacher and then in the Communications Office. She has been recognized for her leadership and influence in passing six bond referendums totaling $501.7 million and for shaping the brand of UCPS.
Written by: Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Aug 14, 2012 by Don Mace