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The Communications Office builds public understanding and support for the mission of Lexington County School District One, its staff, students and schools.

The Communications team ensures that all staff understands the strategic efforts of the district; communicates the district’s position on issues affecting students, staff, families and schools; advocates for students and public education; and encourages community, school and parent engagement.

The Communications Office is also responsible for delivering accurate information in a timely manner; maintaining internal and external communications for the district; managing requests for information, including Freedom of Information Act requests; writing and publishing news releases, annual reports, internal and external newsletters, handbooks and other information; and answering the public’s questions.

The Communications Office coordinates several special events such as the district’s Teacher of the Year celebration, retiree banquet, school board recognitions, dedications, etc.

As a liaison between the district, the community, the legislature and the media, staff assists in coordinating media coverage and assisting these groups in their search for information about all things Lexington District One.

MEDIA ROOM


Lexington County School District One’s Communications Office works with the media to respond to their requests for information and/or interviews.

In order to protect instructional time at schools and to ensure that the media relations process works smoothly for everyone, reporters should not contact schools directly but should contact the Communications Office by calling for assistance. A list of employee telephone numbers and job titles can be found below.

Communications staff works with school principals and school-level public relations correspondents to determine if a school can accommodate a reporters request and to ensure that the district has the parent’s permission. The district does not let students talk directly to a reporter without a parent’s prior consent.

Should media wish to interview an employee, staff can contact the employee and make arrangements for the interview. 

HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR THE MEDIA

The Communications Office provides several online resources that may answer media questions. The district’s Quick Facts page is particularly helpful.

Staff also shares Lexington District One news through news releases and upcoming event information. We encourage media to cover certain school events and activities and provide media advisories for your convenience. You can find all of these on the district’s website here.


MEDIA INQUIRIES AND REQUESTS


Mary Beth Hill
Chief Communications Officer

 

803-821-1152
803-609-1955
mbhill@lexington1.net

Shellie Cochcroft
Administrative Assistant


 

803-821-1150
scochcroft@lexington1.net

Communications Manager
Rachel Ham

 

803-821-1155
803-297-9784
rham@lexington1.net

Laurie Held
Graphic Designer

 

803-821-1151 
lheld@lexington1.net 

Lindsey Mitchell
Web and Social Media Manager

 

803-821-1154
lmitchell@lexington1.net

Rob Starkey
Media Production Coordinator 

 

803-821-1153 
rstarkey@lexington1.net 


FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS

All requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) must be submitted in writing to Lexington County School District One’s Chief Communications Officer. Visit the FOIA Requests page to learn how to request information.


SOCIAL MEDIA

Lexington County School District One’s Communications Office uses social media to share information about the district, schools, students, and employees and to engage in conversations with our stakeholders. You can follow Lexington One on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTubeWhen using our social media pages, please keep in mind the following Rules of Engagement.

  • Lexington One’s mission is to prepare 21st century graduates. Make sure your comments are appropriate for an educational environment and for fans of all ages.

  • You should not expect responses to every question or comment posted in social media.

  • Be respectful. We will not tolerate personal attacks or comments that are deemed offensive to any member of our community.

  • Be factual. We do not allow blatantly inaccurate or false information.

  • Do not post personal issues. If you have a personal issue with a staff member, school or the district, you should communicate with that person directly. The district’s pages were not intended to circumvent regular communication channels for sharing personal issues and concerns. We will remove comments regarding personal issues with the district, a school, student or staff member.

  • We will remove inappropriate remarks or remarks containing profanity.

  • You may not use the district’s Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube pages to boost your product sales or run for political office.

  • If you abuse these guidelines, we will remove your post and consider permanently blocking/removing you.