The Spring ISD Communications Office was recognized with 36 Star Awards from the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) for excellence in school communications during the 2020-21 school year, including one Crystal Award Finalist and four Best Of Category awards.
The awards were presented Wednesday night during the 2022 TSPRA Annual Conference Star Awards Banquet in Round Rock. Every year, TSPRA recognizes and honors exceptional work in print, electronic and visual communications. Along with the Crystal Award Finalist, Spring ISD earned 22 Gold Stars, 11 Silver Stars and two Bronze Stars. In total, every submission Spring ISD submitted was recognized in some way.
“As with everything we do at Spring ISD, we aim for greatness,” said Chief of Communications Lester Gretsch. “Our communications team is one of the best in the industry. This district has so many incredible stories to share, and our job is to share them with our community. We are grateful for the support of our schools, our community members, and, of course, Superintendent Hinojosa and our Board of Trustees. These awards are an affirmation that our goal of keeping our parents, staff, students, and community engaged and informed is working.”
Judges evaluated thousands of submissions statewide and determined the winners based on criteria set by TSPRA. School districts were judged in three separate categories: less than 15,000 students, 15,000 to 40,000 students, and more than 40,000 students. Spring ISD, with 33,000 students, competes with school districts with 15,000 to 40,000 students.
For its Crystal Awards finalist, Spring ISD was honored for its Photography Portfolio. The four Best of Category Awards included the Reading Colors Your World flier, a blog article about a Spring Early College Academy student accepted to every Ivy League school, the Spring ISD website redesign, and the financial report computerized presentation.
The Texas School Public Relations Association is a nonprofit, professional organization
dedicated to promoting public schools through effective communications. TSPRA, an award-winning chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), was chartered in 1962 and incorporated in 1977. With more than 1,000 members, TSPRA is made up primarily of public information and communications professionals who serve the public school districts and education organizations of Texas. For more information on TSPRA, visit their website at TSPRA.org.