We congratulate OHSPRA Member and Director of Communications for Dublin City Schools, Doug Baker on being named an Exemplary School Employee at the Ohio School Boards Association Central Region Fall Conference. Doug was nominated by his district for his dedication not only to Dublin City Schools, but also for his work to promote K-12 education in general. Doug has been a long-standing member of OHSPRA and has served on the nominating committee and is a recipient of several awards including the Mark of Excellence, the Mark of Distinction and Best of the Best.
Read more about why Doug was selected for this honor and what his district said about him in their nomination …
Doug Baker has been the Dublin City Schools Public Information Officer for 16 years. During this long tenure, he has been committed to public education and to sharing the stories of our students, teachers, and parents with our wider community.
In his position, he has adapted well to a continually changing communications landscape, moving from an emphasis on printed publications to developing a strong social media presence. Over the past 10 years, the District's Twitter following has grown to more than 11,600. About 9,000 individuals like the District's Facebook page, 4,400 plus lnstagram followers, and more than 200,000 video views on YouTube.
Beyond putting the proper tools in place to run a first-class communications department for Ohio's 10th largest school district, Doug has been instrumental in setting the strategic communications throughout his time with our District. Dublin City Schools is a dynamic and growing district. Four levies have been passed during Doug's time as the Public Information Officer and a total of four new schools were approved for construction by the community as a result. Doug took the lead in communicating about the District's growth, and the possible solutions available to the community.
In addition to his loyalty to Dublin City Schools, he has been a staunch supporter of public education in general. Crafting strategic communications that highlight the value of a public K-12 education, with an emphasis on teacher expertise. Dublin City Schools has been a state-wide leader in advocating for less standardized testing, and placing more of an emphasis on the development of the whole child. He was instrumental in developing ''The Dublin Difference" brand which focuses on providing students with world-class instruction, well-rounded experiences, and continuous improvement in everything we do, every day. This mantra was developed based on community input as we have survey data indicating our parents support character and soft skills development, rather than test scores.
Congrats again Doug from OHSPRA!