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Why Community Relations?


The Community Relations Office is responsible for Haysville USD 261 media relations, community outreach, photography services, and publications. Our primary focus is to develop communication activities that promote effective ongoing communication with internal and external stakeholders that builds knowledge of and active support for the education of our students.

Community Relations Mission and Duties:

It is the Mission of the Haysville USD 261 Community Relations Office to:

  • Distribute information about District operations, objectives, educational programs, events, activities, students and staff.
  • Actively pursue communications activities promoting effective school, home and community partnerships.
  • Promote public and parent/guardian interest and participation in USD 261 schools.
  • Encourage communication with internal and external USD 261 audiences through the use of public appearances by key USD 261 communicators, newsletters, news releases, e-mail, Twitter and USD 261 web site.

The Community Relations Coordinator will:

  • Serve as media liaison and District spokesperson.
  • Respond promptly to media requests for information.
  • Coordinate all media interviews with staff and students conducted on District property.
  • Disseminate information to the public and media during a crisis or emergency.
  • Distribute news releases and photos about USD 261 activities/events, operations, objectives and educational programs.
  • Serve as editor of the District Newsletter Haysville USD 261 School News, online newsletter Inside News and informational brochures.
  • Serve as District photographer.
  • Serve as liaison for dissemination of news items to Channel 7.
  • Maintain a relationship with parents/guardians, community and area residents and media outlets.
  • Keep area residents informed about USD 261 operations, objectives, educational programs, events, activities, students and staff through the use of public appearances by key USD 261 communicators, newsletters, news releases, e-mail, Twitter and USD 261 web site.
  • Support USD 261’s missions and goals.
  • Be an advocate for public support of the District.
  • Facilitate external and internal communications.

Communications Director

Liz Hames

LIZ HAMES

Liz has a BA degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky and a MS degree in communications from Murray State University. For the past 22 years, she has worked in student publications and public relations at higher education institutions. She started her career in print journalism and has held positions as a reporter, photographer, lifestyle editor, sports writer and managing editor.

Her hobbies include photography, genealogy, and collecting old cameras and John F. Kennedy memorabilia.

Contact Info:

Liz Hames
USD 261
1745 W. Grand
Haysville, KS 67060

Office: 316-554-2200
Mobile:316-308-5023
Email: lhames@usd261.com

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