Outstanding Superintendent Communicator For State
Allison B. Campbell, APR, CPRC
Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) Executive Director
OSCEOLA SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT, MARION COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION COORDINATOR EARN ASSOCIATION HONORS
Ocala, FL (Dec. 3, 2020) – The Sunshine State School Public Relations Association is proud to announce Dr. Debra Pace, superintendent of the Osceola School District, as the 2020 Outstanding Superintendent Communicator, and Meghan Magamoll, Take Stock in Children Program Coordinator for the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, as the 2020 Margie Davidson Leading Light Award winner. SUNSPRA recognized these recipients by video during the Florida School Boards Association/Florida Association of District School Superintendents’ Annual Joint Conference, held virtually this year.
Dr. Pace is the eighth superintendent to receive the Outstanding Superintendent Communicator honor from SUNSPRA. Under her leadership, the Osceola School District has experienced unprecedented success and has emerged as a beacon for schools, families, and the community to build strong lines of communication to promote a culture of connection, engagement, and advocacy. With their persistent desire to better share the district’s story, Dr. Pace and Public Information Officer Dana Schafer have continued to set a high bar for year-round communication centered around trust, respect and transparency. This award is even more fitting this year as Dr. Pace has been instrumental in COVID-19 communications planning and implementation, for which the district has been recognized by the state as a model to follow.
The Margie Davidson Leading Light Award recognizes individuals and organizations for providing outstanding support to public education. Magamoll, too, is honored in part due to adaptations made during the coronavirus pandemic.
Through the foundation’s Take Stock in Children program, 200 low-income high school students in Marion County receive mentoring from adult volunteers across the community. When mentoring moved online in August, TSIC accomplished 333% of its original mentoring session goals in just the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year. It is targeted to surpass 1,500 online sessions by the end of the semester, averaging 15 hours of mentor sessions per day.
Under Magamoll’ s leadership, TSIC also hosted a 2020 drive-in graduation where each graduate received a celebration box of treats and a brand-new laptop computer; two food-and- supply drives to directly benefit all of its high school mentees; several virtual “Back to School” workshops; “Lunch & Learns” and more.
The Margie Davidson Leading Light Award honors the late St. John’s County communications director who championed the award process started in 2002.
For more information, contact SUNSPRA Executive Director, Allison B. Campbell, APR, CPRC at Allison@AandACampbellGroup.com or the respective winners.
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SUNSPRA is an organization dedicated to the needs, goals, and professional development of public relations experts specializing in education communications in Florida, and is a chapter of NSPRA, the National School Public Relations Association. SUNSPRA builds widespread support for public education by engaging all key stakeholders in student success and public school improvement, and strives to become the premier resource for educational information in Florida.