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EPS Receives National Award

Posted Date: 06/23/2016

Enid Public Schools received national recognition this week for its 2016 Bond Program.


The National School Public Relations Association honored the district with a Golden Achievement Award for its bond-related planning and communication efforts.


“This is an award for Enid,” Amber Graham Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Human Resources and Communications, said. “NSPRA recognized the teamwork and collaboration this project required among school employees, parents, business leaders, community members, voters and more. We are thrilled to be honored, but the real win is what the bond issue will provide for our students. We cannot thank the community enough for helping to build the plan and then supporting it at the polls.”


According to NSPRA officials, the Golden Achievement Award recognizes exemplary work in all aspects of school public relations, communication, and engagement. Each entry is judged individually against the contest criteria.


In a letter from Executive Director Richard Bagin, NSPRA explained that judges were seeking outstanding achievement in four areas: 1) analysis of the need; 2) planning to meet the need; 3) execution and communication of the program; and 4) formal evaluation.


“Each entry was judged individually against these award criteria. Your entry met them all,” Bagin said.


The 2016 EPS bond program was approved by voters on February 9. It will provide students with better facilities, 1:1 technology, new buses, more classrooms, safer schools, and a high school gymnasium and fine arts center.


The community provided more than 1,000 points of feedback to help develop the plan. Business leaders, parents and volunteers also assisted with communication about the bond program and election.


Chad Dillingham and Jimmy Stallings served as the chairs of the community-developed campaign, Excellence for Enid Schools.