The School District 203 Future Focus Facilitating Team and administrator Julie Carlsen each received distinguished service awards from the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) during a special ceremony May 2.
The INSPRA Distinguished Service Award program honors individuals or groups who have consistently gone above and beyond, advocating on behalf of education, their schools and students.
The Future Focus 203 Facilitating Team received an Award of Excellence and was honored for its dedicated and thoughtful leadership in launching a community engagement initiative. The group’s work was to gather broader input from the community on the values and priorities of the community in order to shape a strategic blueprint for the schools. The blueprint will guide District 203 through 2020 and beyond.
An outcome of the nine-month project was greater support and involvement in the district and its schools and the launching of a template for future community engagement, district officials said.
Team members are: co-chairs and community members Mark Trembacki and Kathy Ruiz; community members Bill Anderson, Mike Crosett, Tom Carroll, Peggy Frank and Alissa Johnson-Tripas; District 203 staff members Dan Iverson and Gretchen Zelinski; Julie Carlsen, Dan Bridges, Jen Hester, who represented District 203 leadership; and School Board members Mike Jaensch and Suzyn Price.
Director of Community Relations Julie Carlsen received an Award of Merit in the distinguished service awards for her work facilitating the Future Focus team.
“Carlsen gracefully guided the school district through an insightful self-assessment that began with the selection of a community member-led facilitation team and culminated with the premiere of a documentary chronicling the process through the eyes of the participants,” said the award application.Tags: Future Focus, INSPRA, Naperville School District 203