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Community Relations

General Information

806 North Washington
Bismarck ND 58501
Phone: 701-323-4092
Fax: 701-323-4001

Renae Hoffmann Walker
Community Relations Director
701-323-4091

Jenna Riske
Community Relations Secretary
701-323-4092

Bismarck Public Schools has had a full-time Community Relations Department since 1988. Two staff members are primarily responsible for employee communication, news media relations, information to parents and community members, etc.

Services to Employees:

  • Weekly employee newsletter, the intercom
  • Assistance with student/staff awards, special events, logos, etc.
  • Assistance with news media, advertising, and public relations
  • Crisis planning, surveys, Web sites & social media


  • Services to Parents:

  • District information for school newsletters
  • District Calendar, Info Map, Thumbnail, Web, Social Media
  • Friday Flier of youth events


  • Friday Flier Cost Example (pdf document)
    File Size: 93.33 kb

    Friday Flier Deadlines 16-17 (pdf document)
    File Size: 253.24 kb

    Friday Flier Guidelines (pdf document)
    File Size: 83.09 kb

    5-13 Friday Flier (pdf document)
    File Size: 854.78 kb

    2015-2016 Info Map (pdf document)
    File Size: 2910.83 kb

    Thumbnail Sketch (pdf document)
    File Size: 178.42 kb

    A summary of 2015-16 district information.

    Services to Community:

  • Community forums on topics of interest
  • Newsletter to community, School Focus
  • School Board information
  • Welcome packets for new residents & business recruitment
  • Presentations to service clubs, PTO's, colleges, etc.
  • Contacts with churches, day cares, legislators, key communicators


  • Services to News Media:

  • Media Tip Sheet (weekly)
  • News Releases
  • Public Service Announcements
  • News Media of the Year Award


  • About Us

    2016-2017 School Calendar (pdf document)
    File Size: 260.82 kb

    2015-16 First Day Enrollment (pdf document)
    File Size: 245.47 kb

    BPS Fact Sheet 2015-16 (pdf document)
    File Size: 1081.47 kb

    Policy: Communication with News Media during School Emergencies (pdf document)
    File Size: 110.66 kb

    Policy: News Media Relations (pdf document)
    File Size: 85.27 kb

    News Media of the Year Award

    Each spring, Bismarck Public Schools recognizes a local news media for outstanding service in furthering public understanding about education.


    News Media of the Year Award from Bismarck Public Schools
    1996-1997 Kerry Andrews, KX-12 TV, News Dept.
    1997-1998 Marci Narum, KFYR TV, News Dept.
    1998-1999 Sharon Dunham, Bismarck Tribune, News Dept.
    1999-2000 Marci Narum, KFYR TV, News Dept.
    2000-2001 Bob Brady & Stacy Sturm, Y93 FM, Morning Show
    2001-2002 Jamie Dunnigan, KFYR TV, News Dept.
    2002-2003 Dean Mastel, Cumulus Media
    2003-2004 Shannon Dean & Bob Hughes, KFYR AM "Kid Speak" program
    2004-2005 Lauren Grey, KX-12's "Noon on 12" program producer
    2005-2006 Vicki Weiss, Tribune's "Hometown" section editor
    2006-2007 Mary Van Sickle, Community Access Television (CATV)
    2007-2008 Jody Kerzman, KFYR TV
    2008-2009 KFYR AM radio
    2009-2010 Sara Kincaid, Bismarck Tribune
    2010-2011 Jody Kerzman, KFYR TV
    2011-2012 Dolly Dakota & Todd Mitchell, Y93 FM
    2012-2013 Dwayne Walker and Donna Haidt, KFYR-TV
    2013-2014 Hannah Johnson, Bismarck Tribune
    2014-2015 Jim Haussler, BPS Activities Director
    2015-2016 Todd Clausnitzer, Image Printing


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