The Community Outreach Office is tasked with making connections between the school district and the community and with media and public relations.
Since being established for the 2012-13 school year — re-branded from the district’s Communications Department — the office has launched Newark City Schools on social media, which includes various accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The district’s online presence has grown to nearly 2,600 Facebook fans and 1,600 Twitter followers on the main district accounts, and continues to grow and engage with students, parents and the community.
During the 2013-14 school year, the department worked on a full website re-design that launched in June 2014, launched a district podcast, handled media requests and took thousands of photos across the district.
The office also assists the TV Media Arts program at Newark High School in creating content for Channel 19, the local cable access channel available through Time Warner.
Goals for the 2014-15 school year include establishing a comprehensive Alumni Outreach program and continuing to strengthen all other methods of communication with the community.
The office is led by Coordinator Seth Roy, who lives in Newark with his wife and two daughters. Seth was hired in July 2012.
The department is assisted by staff members district wide who update the website, take pictures and manage building-level social media accounts. A Communications Advisory Committee featuring teachers, board members, parents, community members and alumni has also been established to provide guidance on district community efforts.
Please see links on the right side of the page for information on how to submit community event advertisements for Channel 19, links to district social media efforts and more.