Janesville School District spokeswoman to retire

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Thursday, May 5, 2011
— The Janesville School District’s public-relations specialist will retire at the end of the school year.

The announcement comes at a time when district officials say they are working for more open communications with the public as part of their Journey to Excellence process.

It also comes at time of budget cuts and questions from taxpayers, district employees, parents and students about how the district will provide a quality education in the years ahead.

The retirement of Sheryl Miller, the district’s public information specialist, becomes effective June 30, according to an announcement from Superintendent Karen Schulte on Wednesday.

Schulte said she hopes to save money by combining public-information duties with those of the district’s coordinator of school library media and instructional technology. The person in that position, Kathy Boguszewski, is retiring.

Schulte said a person versed in electronic technologies would be a good fit for both sets of duties. Schulte said she believes the public-relations person should be tech-savvy in order to communicate in the varied ways people use today.

Schulte said she hopes staff members now facing layoff and who have those skills would apply for the job.

Miller has been with the district 22 years, most of those as the volunteer program coordinator. She was moved to her current position in 2004.

“Sheryl has done a tremendous job with all aspects of her position. In particular she has greatly improved the crisis response time to schools and has been an integral part of increased training of staff in all areas of school safety,” Schulte said. “Sheryl is a strong advocate for children and parents. We are very sad to hear of her retire, but wish her the best.”

Miller has served on the boards of directors for both the Wisconsin PTA and National PTA and is a former state PTA president, according to Gazette files.

Last updated: 5:17 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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