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Former Central Oregonian reporter is Communication and Events Specialist at CCSD

RAMONA MCALLISTER/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Holly Scholz gets comfortable behind her desk with the Crook County School District. The former reporter is now the new CCSD Communication and Event Specialist. When customer service is being taken into consideration, not everyone makes the correlation between customer service and education.

Crook County School District recently surveyed parents, seeking input in a variety of fields. One area that was noted that needed improvement: communication. With this area of need in the forefront, the district set out to bolster its communication efforts. The result was a new position at the CCSD office.

Holly Scholz was recently hired as the Communication and Event Specialist, with her position official as of July 1.

"CCSD wants to ensure consistent and effective communication, both externally and internally," said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnson. "Also, our services and facilities are used by the community, and we realized we are in need of better oversight of both scheduling and supporting events."

The Communication and Event Specialist is responsible for communicating with district families and staff, as well as with the community. Scholz also oversees the district calendar, scheduling district facilities and managing and supervising events held at district sites.

"Basically, I have two-part time positions," explained Scholz.

In addition to communications, she will ensure that when community partners and staff schedule facilities, they have keys, PA systems and technology -- or anything they need on the site.

Scholz, a Powell Butte native, graduated from Crook County High School in 1996. She received the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in 2000.

Her experience in journalism, however, happened incidentally early on in her high school career. When she was a freshman at Crook County High School, Scholz was working with school counselor Grant Patterson to fill a needed elective credit. He suggested Journalism, and she wasn't at all excited about that.

"I don't like to write," she responded to Patterson. The prospect of taking the class terrified her as a freshman, and was scared to death.

She ended up loving it and taking journalism all four years. She was editor for the school newspaper, The Rimrock Echo, her senior year. She was also in a mentorship through the School to Work Program her senior year at the Central Oregonian. She continued working as a part-time intern for the paper until attending college after graduation.

After she moved away and started a family, she was editor of the Ford Scholar Alumni News, ran a home-based scrapbooking business, and was an elementary school yearbook coordinator while raising her children in Springfield. She also wrote stories for the Springfield News while living in the area.

"I was the news clerk for about four years. I wrote up news briefs, obituaries, and kept up the calendar."

Scholz indicated that in her new position, she would also be doing some work with a new district calendar.

"I love organizing and little details." She added.

Scholz brings several years of newsroom experience to the new position at CCSD, and is familiar with event planning and happenings in the school district. Scholz most recently worked as a copy editor and reporter for the Central Oregonian newspaper, covering schools, community and business.

She has a well-rounded background, and during the past four years, she has become familiar with school administration, school staff in each building, and community members and events.

"I know this district pretty well already," she added.

"My nearly four years as a reporter at the Central Oregonian was an enjoyable way to become re-acquainted with my hometown after being away for many years," Scholz said. "I look forward to sharing with the community all of the great things the school district is doing."

Johnson said the district has repurposed funds that flow through High Desert Education Service District in order to expand and enhance the communication and events of CCSD. She believes that having a communication and events specialist is a good use of local service plan funds, and will allow the school district to provide better customer service and ensure better communication with the community, staff, families and students.

"We are excited to have Holly join our team," Johnson said. "She is a highly skilled communicator, and we are fortunate to have someone of her caliber to lead our communication and events."

Scholz now lives in Redmond with her husband, Kris, and their two teenage sons.

"It's really come full-circle for me — having gone through 12 years of schooling at CCSD," expressed Scholz. "I spent my first 12 years of education here, and I moved away. I lived in Springfield for 17 years ... and now I'm back to where I started."


Holly Scholz, Communications and Event Specialist, can be reached at her direct line 541-416-4209

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