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MNPS Communications Head Plans Departure

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 20, 2017) – Janel Lacy, who oversees the Communications and Family Information Center departments for Metro Nashville Public Schools, is leaving the district at the end of March to become an independent communications consultant.

Lacy began work at MNPS almost two and a half years ago, after serving as Communications Director for former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Upon joining MNPS, Lacy was tasked with evaluating and improving the organization’s communications infrastructure, which led to the development of a strategic communications plan for the district. Implementation of the plan involved restructuring the Communications Department to have staff dedicated to serving external and internal stakeholders.

“It has been a privilege to apply my professional skills to serve our public schools,” Lacy said “I am proud of the communications team we have built over the last two years, and I know they will continue doing great work for our school district. Education is an area I feel personally passionate about. I look forward to staying involved in our schools as a parent and community member.”

As outlined in the strategic communications plan, Lacy added new communication systems and protocols that didn’t previously exist. These have included processes for communicating and engaging with the community when major district decisions are being made, such as principal changes and school rezoning. The plan also called for transforming the district’s Customer Service Center into what is now known as the Family Information Center. The change involved realigning staff roles to provide better support to families seeking assistance from the district.

“I appreciate Janel’s service to the district. Her work has made a tangible impact on how we communicate with families and staff,” said Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Schools. “Communications is an incredibly important function and we intend to expand upon the foundation Janel has built as we further grow our work in this area.”

Plans to replace Lacy will be announced at a later date.


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