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General Information

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

Renae Hoffmann Walker
Community Relations Director

Jenna Riske
Community Relations Secretary

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:

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

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

Friday Flier Deadlines 15-16 (pdf document)
File Size: 256.35 kb

Friday Flier Guidelines (pdf document)
File Size: 84.16 kb

11-13 Friday Flier (pdf document)
File Size: 462.57 kb

2014-2015 Info Map (pdf document)
File Size: 91.33 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

2015-2016 School Calendar (pdf document)
File Size: 230.52 kb

2014-15 first day enrollment (pdf document)
File Size: 241.85 kb

BPS Fact Sheet 2014-15 (pdf document)
File Size: 107.53 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

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