Communication- An Important Goal

Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 12/16/2017 8:55:00 AM

Have there been times when you hear something about our district that you didn’t know to be true and wondered when and how that particular piece of information happened?  There is nothing quite as frustrating as not knowing, especially when the not knowing should have been communicated. In every organization, there are moments when a person hears or reads a piece of information and they say, “how come I didn't know about this?”.  It is extremely important to me to make sure that we are communicating to our community so that the incidences described above are far and few between. I thought that this blog post should focus on ways in which we communicate with you. Did you know that community involvement is one of the Board of Education goals?   

Board of Education Meetings
Given the fact that all of us are short on time and need to ration how we devote our time, attending Board of Education meetings may not be at the top of your priority list, especially if you are happy with how your elected Board members represent the community.  However, it is at these meetings that major decisions regarding the district are made. Typically, I will bring forward a major issue facing the district and supply the Board with data and a recommendation to solve the issue. This allows the Board to discuss the matter in detail, ask additional questions, and either give me the go ahead to proceed or request that I move forward in a different manner.  Board meetings are held the second Thursdays of the month at 6:30 pm. Most meetings take place in the Multi-purpose room located to the left of the library in the MS/HS. We welcome your attendance.

School Website
The district has gone through great lengths to update the school website. The objectives of the update were to make information current and user friendly.  The website was also designed to give people outside of Frewsburg a glimpse of who we are and why we are so special.  Please bookmark www.frewsburgcsd.org and visit it frequently. The Spotlight area at the bottom of the homepage will feature newsworthy items of interest.

Superintendent Blog Posts
Obviously, you must already be aware of my blog if you are reading this post. My posts will be both informational and reflective in nature. Why blog? I feel strongly that blog posts allow you to get to know a person and their values through their writing. I want you to know me and my commitment to this district. It is also helpful to publish something that explains why and how decisions are made. When I update my blog, I will post something on social media (see below how to get these notifications) directing you to my webpage.  

Newsletters
Another way that you can receive information comes in the form of our Newsletters. You can find our quarterly newsletters on our website. You can also pick up/read a hard copy at the Dinner Bell, Carroll Town Hall, and the Myers Library. Additionally, you can request that the newsletter be mailed to you by contacting the MS/HS office.

FaceBook/Twitter
Please like us on FaceBook (@frewsburgcsd) and follow us on Twitter (@fcsbears). You can also follow me on Twitter (@ShellyOBoyle). School events, highlights, and happenings throughout the district are posted to these social media accounts.  

Good Ol’ Fashion Communication
Of course, there is still the form of good ol’ fashion communication- a phone call or face to face conversation. I am out and about in the community and at many school events. Come up to me at these events or pick up the phone and call me at 716-569-7041. I would be happy to schedule a time for us to talk.  

We need you to provide us with insight to help us become better. If you have other ideas on how the district could communicate in an effective manner, please comment on this blog post or contact me at the district office (716-569-7041).  We also need you to be an active partner seeking out the information in order for our information to get to you. Thank you in advance for your efforts.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!