NJSBA’s 2018 School Public Relations Forum, held on March 2, explored the topic of social media and its use by school boards and districts. The forum, “Social Media: Too Much – or Not Enough – of a Good Thing” featured engaging presentations and lively discussion among panelists and attendees. The forum was held at New Jersey Manufacturers headquarters in West Trenton.

School superintendents Nicholas Diaz, of the Union Township School District in Hunterdon County, and Sarah Bilotti, of the North Warren Regional School District in Warren County, gave a well-received presentation on “Engaging the Community Through Effective Use of Social Media.”
The legal and ethical considerations of social media for individual board members were presented by William S. Donio, Esq., of Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law. Donio is school board attorney in a number of districts.
Attendees, who included board members and school administrators, were engrossed in the topic of social media usage.
Frank Belluscio, deputy executive director/communications director of NJSBA, (standing) introduces a panel on social media policy and best practices. Panelists are (l-r) Lana Mueller, operation manager of Lawrence Township School District and northeast regional vice president of the National School Public Relations Association; Kathy Helewa, NJSBA field service representative; Jean Harkness, NJSBA policy services consultant; and Matt Lee, NJSBA field service representative.