BGPS Hires Communications Specialist

posted Sep 12, 2014, 12:34 PM by BGPS Web   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 12:39 PM ]

BGPS Hires Communications Specialist

September 12, 2014

Battle Ground Public Schools announces that it has hired Rita Sanders as its new communications specialist. Her first day was Monday. This is a full-time position in the district office at CASEE. Rita has lived in the district for seven years and brings to the job a range of experience in communications and publishing.

"I've always been so happy that my kids attend school in such a great district," Rita says, "and now I get to shout out about all the good things happening here and support the wonderful people dedicated to our children's education."

Most recently she planned communications for and helped manage the scientific journals of the American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society. Prior to that she was the executive editor of iPro Developer, a digital and print magazine for software developers. In that role she was responsible for building external relationships with readers and authors and also for managing the content of the publication. Rita began her career as a newspaper reporter at the Corvallis Gazette-Times, where she covered Oregon State University on the higher education beat.

Rita has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in technical communication with an emphasis on public relations from Colorado State University. Her husband, Todd, is a migratory bird researcher. They have two children who attend Battle Ground schools.

Rita will work with teachers and staff to communicate district and school happenings to parents and the community. She plans to use social media, existing district email newsletters, district phone calls, and other means to get information to parents. "I want to constantly assess the methods we are using to notify parents and the community about district news and what is happening in classrooms to make sure everyone has access to the information they need," she says.

The district will continue to work with the ESD 112's communications team to provide support, including crisis communications, strategic planning, and graphic design and video production.