Amanda Siegfried, who replaced Chris Jasculca as District 97's communications head. | Provided

During a regular board meeting on Aug. 13, the District 97 Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Amanda Siegfried as the district’s new communications director, effective immediately.

Siegfried was previously the district’s digital communications director for two years. She’ll replace Chris Jasculca, who announced in July that he was resigning to accept the communications director position for Hinsdale Township High School District 86.

“Strong and effective communication is critical to the success of any organization,” said Supt. Carol Kelley in a statement the district released Aug. 19. “During Amanda’s two years working with our district, she has displayed the knowledge and skills necessary to build on and elevate our level of communication to district stakeholders.”

Siegfried, who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, worked three years as the communications and community relations supervisor for Cook County School District 130 in Blue Island. Before that, Siegfried worked as the founding editor of Lemont Patch for three years.

“Chris has been a valuable mentor over the past two years, and I am extremely proud of our collective work to expand the district’s digital presence,” Siegfried explained in a statement. “I am excited to step into this new role and look forward to increasing the district’s efforts to keep our parents, students and staff informed and engaged.”

District officials said they plan on hiring a communications coordinator to fill Siegfried’s old position at some point in the future.

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