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Public Relations Overview

Communication is an essential part of what we do at FR. We strive to engage our target audiences in meaningful dialogue, and we work to tell our story through various media, social media, and other communication outreach tools. We view our families as community partners and value the role they play in the District and in the educational process.

Celebrating Our Students/Staff
The District celebrates the accomplishments of its students and staff with a monthly, PenSPRA Award winner e-publication, PawPrints, that is communicated to families and the community using our mass communications systems and social media outlets. The District also issues periodic news releases and helps coordinate feature stories in local magazines, newspapers, and television. Information is also shared on social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. The District also has featured space in the magazine, IN-Murrysville, which is produced four times per year.

Communication Tools
The District utilizes the web-based service, Constant Contact, to send emails to parents, families, and community members who elect to register for the service. The District also has Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages with links to the social media sites on the District website. Emergency messages and other instant communications are sent via Blackboard Connect to families via email, telephone, and/or text messaging.

News Media
The District works with local media representatives in both print and electronic mediums to communicate its message out to the public, community, and region. The newspapers serving the District are the Penn-Franklin and the Murrysville Star (Tribune-Review). All media inquiries are required to go through the Director of Innovation & Communication's Office. For the protection and privacy of our students and staff, media is not permitted on FR's Main Campus, the Elementary Campus, and other properties without prior permission from the District's Communications Office. Media should call 724-327-5456 x4103 (office) or 412-584-5629 (cellular) for any inquiries or requests.

District Configuration & Operating Expenses
The Franklin Regional School District serves approximately 3,400 students from Murrysville, Delmont, and Export in grades K-12. The District includes four buildings - one Senior High School (Grades 9-12), one Middle School (Grades 6-8), and two Elementary schools. The Elementary schools are configured as a K-2 Primary School and a Gr. 3-5 Intermediate School.
Pertaining to District operating expenses for the 2022--23 school year, the Board adopted a final general fund budget, having expenditures of $64,517,870 and revenues of $63,782,591 with $285,000 of additional funding coming from the PSERS committed fund balance, $116,000 of additional funding coming from the Debt Service Phasing committed fund balance, and $334,279 coming from the unassigned fund balance.
Department Contacts:
Tina M. Gillen
Director of Innovation & Communication
Email: [email protected]
Office: 724-327-5456 Ext. 4103
Felicia Provenzano
Executive Secretary
Office: 724-327-5456 Ext. 7617