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PHOENIX – The Arizona School Boards Association was honored with two Awards of Excellence earlier this month by the Arizona School Public Relations Association. Winning in the category of Business, Foundation or Civic/Community Organization for Contributions to Public Education is ASBA’s advocacy team, which consists of Janice Palmer, director of governmental relations and public affairs, and Geoff Esposito, governmental relations analyst. Also winning in the category Excellence with a Specific Program is ASBA’s AZEd News, Lisa Irish, lead reporter, and Tracey Benson, director.

Each year ASPRA recognizes standards of excellence in school public relations through its ASPRA*tions Awards. Winning entries demonstrate how sound public relations principles (research, analysis, communication and evaluation), creativity and a commitment to improving communications were used in pursuit of organizational goals.

The Arizona School Boards Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting elected local governance of public education and continuous improvement of student success by providing leadership and assistance to school district governing boards statewide. ASBA represents more than 1,000 school board members and more than 1 million Arizona children.

(L to R) Janice Palmer, Director of Governmental Relations and Public Affairs, Danielle Airey, Director of Public Relations, Peoria USD and Geoff Esposito, Governmental Relations Analyst

(L to R) Janice Palmer, Director of Governmental Relations and Public Affairs, Danielle Airey, Director of Public Relations, Peoria USD and Geoff Esposito, Governmental Relations Analyst

(L to R) Lisa Irish, Lead Reporter, Caitlin Bohrer, Intern and Nancy Dudenhoefer, Director of Public Relations, Kyrene ESD

(L to R) Lisa Irish, Lead Reporter, Caitlin Bohrer, Intern and Nancy Dudenhoefer, Director of Public Relations, Kyrene ESD

Media Contact:
Heidi Vega, Arizona School Boards Association
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