Effective communication takes many forms


Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools



Through the strategic planning process our school district recently completed, community members shared with us that they want more timely information about our schools. We recognize that communication is very important and we are working hard to communicate with the citizens of our community. Over the past several years, we have put into place different ways to provide up-to-date, accurate information to our community. One opportunity for regular communication is through the Huber Heights Courier. Through the efforts of Mr. Greg Smart, Editor of the Courier, we are able to provide information on a weekly basis about our schools, not just in this column, but in the many school-related articles that appear in the Courier.

Recently, we initiated a print newsletter, which is sent out quarterly with residents’ city water bills. This arrangement allows our school district to save money by eliminating the postage costs. We also publish Warrior Pride, a monthly e-newsletter that is sent to the inbox of anyone who subscribes to it. Warrior Pride showcases student achievements and provides news about upcoming events. To view the most recent edition and sign up to receive your own copy, please go to our website, www.huberheightscityschools.org. Our website also includes information for families such as lunch menus, parking information, and other school-related updates.

We recognize that effective communication is more than just providing information. It is about opportunities to visit our schools and talk face-to-face with school staff. To that end, we offer parent-teacher conferences twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. Individual buildings also schedule events throughout the school year such as “Grandparents Day”, “Muffins with Mom”, “Donuts with Dad”, Open Houses, and parent coffees with the hope of bringing community members into our schools. As Superintendent, I have “Open Door” hours every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (except on the Thursdays that have a scheduled Board of Education meeting). This is time I have set aside in order to meet with parents and other community members that may have a specific issue they would like to discuss. No appointment is necessary, however if waiting is a problem, appointments can be scheduled.

Huber Heights City Schools is a successful school district in part, because of the support of our community. We hope that with our on-going communication efforts, community support for our schools will continue to grow. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.

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Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.

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