D97 board appoints new communications director

Amanda Siegfried replaces Chris Jasculca as district spokesperson

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

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.

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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Ramona Lopez  

Posted: August 22nd, 2019 3:51 PM

@ Carolyn. Preparing flyers for a PTO event shouldn't require a full time employee with a degree from Northwestern. That role could be filled by a part timer with an Associates Degree. Please don't tell me you are justifying this role and and hanging your hat on flyers for a PTO meeting.

Carolyn Cullen  

Posted: August 22nd, 2019 2:46 PM

I beg to differ, as parents and the community need communication from and about the schools their kids attend all the time. I worked with Amanda in preparing flyers for PTO events and she was great. Good to see promotion of qualified people from within D97!

Bruce Kline  

Posted: August 22nd, 2019 1:20 PM

Tom, do you remember GM - the old GM, the once and all powerful car company - before bankruptcy? The problem was GM was basically an insurance company selling health care and pension products who as a sideline made cars and trucks ... and bad ones to boot. The same logic applies to D97. D97 is primarily an employer of administrative professionals who on the side does some teaching and education. So much like GM who veered from their primary core business into oblivion, so it is with D97.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 22nd, 2019 10:51 AM

This school seems to be filled with staff who are not teaching anyone anything. How about more teachers with smaller class sizes and less communication. We don't really need communication about how a grade school operates.

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