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  • Friday, September 24, 2021 7:55 PM | Anonymous

    NYSPRA will hold a fall virtual business meeting on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, from 3 –4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually via zoom. Anyone interested in attending should email for the link.


  • Monday, May 31, 2021 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    The New York School Public Relations Association 42nd Annual Communications Contest is now open!

    Our annual awards recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement in educational communications. The awards continue to be one of the largest in the nation and provide both members and non-members with a time to shine and an opportunity to showcase exemplary communication practices.

    Statewide awards provide recognition for outstanding work. They build a greater appreciation for the skills of school public relations professionals and promote a better understanding of the broad range of services rendered by those who have either full or part-time responsibilities for education-related communications.

    Learn more about the NYSPRA Annual Communications Contest here

    Read about our Communicator of the Year program and considering nominating a colleague!

    The deadline to enter is Thursday, July 15, 2021, so don't wait!

  • Monday, April 19, 2021 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    NYSPRA is excited to announce the results of the 2021 Executive Board election.

    Congratulations to the following individuals!

    • Krystyna Baumgartner, APR, Elected Vice President/President-Elect
    • Jake Mendlinger, Elected Treasurer
    • Sapna Kollali, Elected Secretary

    These officers will assume their positions on May 1, 2021. Krystyna will serve for two years as vice president/president-elect and then assume the role of NYSPRA president on May 1, 2023.

    Jake and Sapna will each serve a two-year term, from May 1, 2021-April 30, 2023.

    Current Vice President/President-Elect Steve King becomes president on May 1, while President Adrienne Leon, APR, will become immediate-past president.

    Thank you for voting! We look forward to continuing NYSPRA's growth and offerings for our members.

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:25 PM | Anonymous

    It’s never too soon to plan for retirement. 

    Join NYSPRA for a FREE webinar on March 23 at 4:30 p.m. with four school PR experts who retired from the New York pension system. They will share how they planned, what they wish they had known and the tips and tricks you can use to make your plan better. Join panelists Sandy Cokeley, APR, (Tier 2), Evelyn McCormack (Tier 3) and Hames VanDevelde (Tier 4) and Victoria Free Presser (Tier 4) for what is sure to be a lively conversation.

    The panel will be moderated by NSPRA Northeast Region Vice President and former NYSPRA President Angela Marshall.

    Register here.

  • Monday, March 01, 2021 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    Three positions on the NYSPRA Executive Board are up for election for two-year terms beginning May 1, 2021. The positions are: Vice President/President Elect, Treasurer and Secretary. A complete description of each position can be found below.

    The Executive Board works collaboratively to make sure the work is manageable for all. As an all-volunteer board, we rely on the talents and generosity of our member-officers while being sensitive to the fact that we all have “day jobs.”

    Information about our current officers can be found here.

    Should you decide to become a candidate for one of these positions, please contact Monica Lester, NYSPRA Communications Coordinator, by March 26, 2021, at Please send Monica your name, position sought, headshot and a brief bio.

    The election will occur by online balloting between April 12 - April 16, 2021.

    If you have any questions, please contact current Vice President/President Elect Steve King at

    Open positions on the NYSPRA board include the following. All terms will run from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2023

    • Vice President/President Elect – Performs all duties of the President in the event of the inability of the president to act; assists with the membership function; and assumes the office of president (2-year term) following completion of a term as President-elect (2-year term). Collaborates as an administrator for NYSPRA’s Facebook page and discussion group. S/he shall attend NYSPRA meetings, events and conference whenever possible. S/he shall be a member of the National School Public Relations Association. Remains on the board for two years after serving as President in the role of Immediate Past President.
    • Treasurer – Keeps cash flow records using the fiscal year set by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA); prepares/provides any financial statements required by NSPRA and upon request of the Executive Board or membership; files appropriate information to IRS; receives and deposits revenues and disburse Chapter funds as approved by the President. The Treasurer also handles financial duties related to the annual communications contest, conference and membership drive (i.e., collects all fees/dues; issues invoices for purchase orders; disburses funds for services). S/he shall attend NYSPRA meetings, events and conference whenever possible. S/he shall be a member of the National School Public Relations Association.
    • Secretary – Records and distributes meeting minutes; keeps records of meetings and may assist in handling Chapter correspondence and serves as a back-up administrator for NYSPRA’s Facebook page and discussion group. S/he shall attend NYSPRA meetings, events and conference whenever possible. S/he shall be a member of the National School Public Relations Association.
  • Friday, February 12, 2021 4:42 PM | Anonymous

    NYSPRA will be holding a business meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 4 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually. Login information for the meeting is available by emailing

    View the meeting agenda here.

  • Tuesday, January 05, 2021 8:59 AM | Anonymous

    We've all had to innovate this year, and NYSPRA is excited to offer the NYSPRA Speaker Series, which will be spread over the course of this winter and spring! NYSPRA will be offering four conference sessions from January through June 2021, with a free APR seminar for anyone who registers for the other four.

    Learn about the 2021 Speaker Series here!

  • Monday, October 26, 2020 5:25 PM | Anonymous

    The New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) is pleased to announce that Jean Palmer, Supervisor of Communications and Printing Services at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, has been named the 2020 Communicator of the Year.

    The Communicator of the Year award, which is being awarded for the fifth year, is meant to recognize school communications professionals who demonstrate a commitment to strengthening relationships between public schools and the students, families and communities they serve. The award honors those who recognize that communication and public relations are a critical component of school leadership.

    Palmer oversees a school communications staff of 10 and a printing staff of five, leading both departments with her signature kindness, compassion and integrity, her colleagues say. She began working for OHM BOCES in 2002 as a public relations assistant and later became the senior public relations specialist in 2009, after leaving for a short time to write for SUNY Cortland. She added supervision of the OHM BOCES Print Shop to her duties in the spring of 2019.

    “School communication is now more important than it has ever been in my lifetime, as we have all witnessed in the past seven months of this pandemic,” Palmer said. “I am beyond appreciative and honored to have been selected for this award. Without the support of the BOCES administration, the 12 component school districts we serve, and the outstanding team that I have the privilege to work with each day, our communications efforts wouldn’t be possible.”

    Palmer has been a part of a large number of successful initiatives at the BOCES during her tenure, including a capital project, development of a new mission statement in 2012, the 65th anniversary celebration, rebranding and new website launches.

    “When I think about our school communications leaders across the state, Jean easily comes to mind,” said NYSPRA President Adrienne Leon, APR, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Capital Region BOCES. “I’ve had the fortune of working with her for many years, through NYSPRA as well as BOCES initiatives, and couldn’t be more excited to honor her with this award.

    Palmer was nominated by two members of the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES communications team, Public Relations Specialist Rebecca Neary and Graphic Services Supervisor Andrea Rafferty.

    “Beyond her many career accomplishments, Jean is also beloved by everyone that she works with. From school superintendents to administrative assistants, both within the OHM BOCES and its component school districts, you won’t find a person who doesn’t love working with Jean. She is friendly, easygoing and always a problem solver. She is continually able to find ways to make sure that everyone has what they need and that they get it on time,” Neary and Rafferty wrote in their nomination letter. “She is always willing to go above and beyond for our BOCES programs and our component school districts, regularly working nights and weekends during the busiest seasons to make sure that projects and print jobs are completed to the highest standards.”

    In addition to her colleagues, several others submitted letters on behalf of Palmer. Retired OHM BOCES District Superintendent Howard D. Mettelman commended Palmer for her ability to lead the communications function.

    “Ms. Palmer has consistently demonstrated the unique capacity to clearly articulate vision and concept into a comprehensive communications structure. This ability affords the OHM BOCES the opportunity to reach and connect with a broad and diverse array of public audiences,” he says.

    Palmer was chosen by a panel of judges who work in school communications outside of New York state.

  • Wednesday, October 07, 2020 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    NYSPRA is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 NYSPRA Annual Communications Contest!

    One-hundred and six awards will be presented for excellence in school communications work!

    More than 50 communications professionals from across the country served as judges to evaluate the 340 entries in this year's contest. Winning work is recognized with the designations of "Excellence," "Honor" and "Merit."

    View the 2020 award winners here.

  • Monday, September 28, 2020 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    NYSPRA will be holding a business meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at 3 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually. Login information for the meeting is available by emailing

    View the meeting agenda here.

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