The Communications Office is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing internal and external communication and public information programs for the District.  The Communications Office operates as a service department that benefits students, staff and the community by generating support for district programs, achievements, and activities that help build confidence in public education. Services provided range from managing media relations with local, state and national news outlets, communications counseling, producing internal and external publications and providing media and customer service training and assistance to district administrators and staff.

The Communications Office is responsible for the following areas:

  • Community and Media Relations
  • Internal Communications
  • Print Communications
  • District & School Websites
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, & YouTube)
  • E-Alert notifications (email and text)
  • Mass Media (TV, Radio, Print)
  • District Calendar Bexley Beacon (Community Newsletter)
Community participation in Bexley City Schools is essential to promote and maintain the quality of education for all students (Board policy KC). A planned school community relations program encourages citizen participation in and support for the educational program.

Bexley Schools' Superintendent directs a school-community relations program and develops a Communications Plan providing a public awareness and understanding of the strengths and needs of the Bexley City Schools and actively promoting the district’s excellent programs, students and staff.

Parent Notification System

The Instant Connect automated system allows us to mass call or email those enrolled in the system for both calamity calls and informational calls. Every student in the district is automatically enrolled in this system. If you have a student in the district, you can add three additional numbers to the system so you receive messages on more than just the primary student phone number. To add additional numbers or opt out of being contacted, you will need to log into your PowerSchool account and select the Instant Connect icon in the Parent Portal. Bexley Schools encourages parents/guardians to ensure the district has their most current contact information in PowerSchool.  It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to keep this contact information up to date.

Only authorized school administrators may activate the notification system. All client information is confidential and secure and all data is password protected on secure servers accessible only by school administration. Each school's administrative assistant can answer questions about the notification system or assist in changing a home phone (primary) number.  Thank you for continuing to work with the District to remain informed and keep our schools safe.  

Public Information Officer

James Harless is a graduate of The University of Dayton, and the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, in Fort Meade, MD. Mr. Harless has helped lead the communications efforts for a variety of federal and non-profit organizations before taking over the communications efforts here at Bexley City Schools in August of 2017.

As Public Information Officer, Harless brings experience developing, implementing and managing strategic communications plans and extensive knowledge in public relations and communications. Moreover, his on-the-job expertise has afforded him a well-rounded skill set, with an ability to recognize, analyze, and manage communication challenges and opportunities through social media implementation, press releases, communication development and marketing materials that utilizes modern technology and digital tools.

For More Information Contact

James Harless
Public Information Officer
Bexley City School District
348 South Cassingham Road
Bexley, Ohio   43209
(614) 231-7611 Ext 4249

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