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HCS Communications Department Receives State Recognition

Submission Date: December 20, 2019

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161,

(Release # 0020-11-19)

HCS Communications Department Receives State Recognition  

HCS Communications Department Receives State Recognition

Awards given by state public relations association at annual conference

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Henry County Schools and its communications department brought home several awards presented during the annual Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) fall conference in Athens.

The department earned a total of 10 awards in a variety of categories as judged by school public relations officials from across the southeastern United States.  The work judged was from communication efforts during the 2018-2019 school year.

Half of the entries garnered the top-level gold status, while four entries earned a silver award and one earned a bronze award.

A few examples of projects awarded top honors include:

  • Board Meeting Monthly Video Recap – There are video recaps of the Board of Education meetings provided each month in a condensed version that covers the major issues and actions from each meeting. Superintendent Davis and JD Hardin, Executive Director of Communications, provide the essential details to keep the community apprised of all the board’s actions.  You can view the recaps by visiting:    
  • Board Meeting Highlights/Newsletter – For those wanting to read about actions the board takes, there is a written transcript of the meetings’ actions, too. This newsletter-like publication is shared with the community through email and social media channels.  To view the previous months’ news, visit:
  • Photography – Soldier’s homecoming – It was a special day at Ola Elementary when two students’ dad returned home from a military deployment. The moment was captured by local media members and district photographer and Communications Coordinator Rodney Christopher.  The reaction by one student and his classroom peers was candidly captured and illustrated the power of the moment.

The Communications Department includes JD Hardin, Executive Director; David Burch, Director; Rodney Christopher, Coordinator; and Pam Cox, Administrative Assistant.  The department’s work over the past year has led to the establishment of new branding for the district and the current Expect Exceptional campaign.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized by our public relations peers for our collective efforts to share positive stories and information regarding Henry County Schools,” said Hardin.  “We are thankful for our board of education and district leadership for their commitment to and recognition of the value school public relations play in supporting comprehensive communication efforts to our school community.”

The Georgia School Public Relations Association is a professional organization comprised of communications and public relations officials from across Georgia.  Henry County Schools has been an active member and leader in the group for many years.

“Henry County Schools is committed to constantly building avenues that strengthen the partnerships between schools, civic leaders, community members, and parents,” said Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis.  “The recognition awarded to the Henry County Schools communications team is evidence that our efforts are best in class and becoming the model for the state.”

For more information on Henry County Schools, visit