Butler County Superintendent Nationally Recognized

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SAL BUTLERSUPT PICSuperintendent Amy Bryan started her career in education teaching, but after 13 years was looking to branch out.

“I got interested in writing grants,” Bryan explains. “It was a challenge to me. I don’t gamble, but that was my high, I guess, that gamblers get! I wanted our name in the pot for any amount of money that was out there for schools.”

After 13 more years in administration, Bryan stepped up and took on another challenge: Superintendent. She remembers thinking about how different the new job was going to be.

“I remember the first day that school started as superintendent. I suddenly looked at even the buses differently. They’re my buses now, I’m responsible!” she laughed.

Bryan quickly made a name for herself in her two years in the Superintendent’s seat. She was named Superintendent of the year March 2015, dramatically raised her county’s graduation rate and most recently was named one of the country’s “Superintendents to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association.

“One of the things that I applied for this position saying was, ‘We need to build up ourselves,'” Bryan says. “There are great things going on in our school district and we aren’t telling our great stories!”

Bryan credits her success to her willingness to take on social media. She runs her schools Twitter, Facebook and now Instagram accounts.

“A lot of superintendents in larger systems have a person that is a professional that can do the kinds of communications that need to go on for schools,” she says. “We don’t. And we probably won’t ever have the funds for that. So I thought it was important enough that the superintendent needed to take it on.”

Bryan’s coworkers are not surprised she is being recognized for her hard work.

“At first I was hesitant to begin a Facebook page, cause I wasn’t sure what kind of comments would be left,” says Greenville Elementary PR Ambassador Shera Stinson. “But it’s been the most positive thing for our school. And she’s encouraged us to use those things to our benefit.”

“She understands our work,” adds Greenville High School Principal Joseph Dean. “Understands our students, our parents and our communities. And she understands the challenges that we face each and every day.”

Bryan is happy she and her schools are on the elite list, but wants to give credit where it is due.

“It feels like I’m getting an awful lot of credit for ME doing something,” she says. “And communication takes everybody. It takes somebody in each school being a PR person.”

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