Madison-Oneida BOCES has been recognized for outstanding achievement in educational communications by the New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA). Award-winning recipients in NYSPRA’s 29th Annual Communications Awards were honored on October 17, 2008, at the annual NYSPRA Awards Luncheon held in conjunction with the 2008 New York State School Boards Association Convention in New York City.
Madison-Oneida BOCES received one award of Honor for the 40-Year Anniversary DVD and two award(s) of Merit for their Banner newsletter for graphics and design in in-house production in the contest, which continues to be one of the largest of its kind in the nation. BOCES Board members, Sandra Lockwood and Doug Gustin, along with BOCES District Superintendent, Jackie Starks accepted the awards on behalf of Madison-Oneida BOCES. With approximately 400 entries in 14 categories from across New York State, the 2008 contest was a closely drawn competition.
“This year’s winners should feel especially proud of their awards which recognize excellence in school communications,” said Marcia Kelly, NYSPRA President and School Information Officer of the East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District. “Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of professionals from around the country. The judging was very competitive, with only one-third of all entries receiving awards.”
NYSPRA is a chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. As a statewide group of professional school communicators, members are committed to the development and dissemination of communications designed to engage parents, staff, community residents, partners in education and other stakeholders.
The statewide awards provide an opportunity for recognition of the outstanding work performed by school communication professionals who support student achievement and school improvement initiatives through effective communications.
Madison-Oneida BOCES cooperatively and responsibly provides educationally focused programs and services, which enable learners to excel.