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Melea Smith, APR

Melea Smith, APR

The Communications and Public Relations Office acts as a liaison between the school district and its various stakeholders including students, parents, employees and community members. This department coordinates various communication efforts, including print and online publications, Talk205 email and telephone messages, news releases and community engagement opportunities. Numerous additional programs are implemented through this office, including coordination with the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation, York Community High School alumni relations, volunteer recruitment and placement, as well as community/committee involvement. For more information, call 630-993-8863 or 630-941-4719.



School communications professionals from across Illinois were honored in September at the Illinois School Public Relations Association’s 2015 Communications Contest Awards Luncheon. Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 was honored with a total of five awards. Entries are judged against criteria of excellence, rather than against one another. Those achieving top scores in a variety of areas, such as design, writing and clarity of message, received awards.

Nearly 50 submitted 115 entries in the categories of annual report and newsletters, audio-video materials, websites, electronic publications, financial information, marketing materials, writing, calendars/handbooks and special purpose.

District 205 Director of Communications and Public Relations Melea Smith, along with Communications Coordinator Kathy Schroeder and freelance graphic designer Deanne Fulner, were honored with an Award of Excellence for last year’s York Distinguished Alumni Program, which highlighted the seven 2014 Dukes of Distinction.

Mrs. Schroeder and Frank Schuh, District 205 Director of Facilities, were honored with an Award of Excellence for the print publication Facilities at a Glance 2014-15.

In addition, Kathy Schroeder and Debbie Hollstein, Assistant to the Communications and Alumni Relations Office, won an Award of Excellence for York Alumni News, an e-newsletter sent to over 10,000 alumni.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance Chris Whelton, along with Mrs. Schroeder, won an Award of Merit for the 2014-15 edition of Budget at a Glance.

And finally, Melea Smith and Glen Liljeberg, President of Sunrise Communications, Inc., who videotapes the District 205 Board of Education meetings, won an Award of Merit for the 2014 Dukes of Distinction Reception in the audio/video more than 10-minutes category. Mr. Liljeberg taped, edited and posted the video as a gift to the District.


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2015 Award of Excellence 
Alumni News 2014-15
Facilities at a Glance 2014-15

Dukes of Distinction Program 2014

2015 Award of Merit
Budget at a Glance 2014

Dukes of Distinction Reception Video 2014

2014 Award of Excellence
York Distinguished Alumni Program

2013 Award of Merit
Facilities at a Glance 2012-13
Showtime, Fine Arts Program 2012-13

2012 Award of Excellence
Budget at a Glance 2012

2011 Award of Excellence
iNews 2011

2010 Award of Merit
District 205 Website 2010

Director of Communications

Smith, Melea
Director of Communications and Public Relations

Assistant to Communications and York Alumni

Hollstein, Debbie
Administrative Assistant - Communications/Alumni

Communications Coordinator

Schroeder, Katherine
Communication Coordinator