SchoolMessenger Presents TSPRA 2011 Key Communicator Award to Bobby Rigues

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Prestigious Award Honors Aledo ISD Board Vice President Whose Rally Cry, “Make Education A Priority,” Was Heard During Legislative Budget Talks

SchoolMessenger, a leading provider of parent notification solutions for education, and the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA), today are recognizing Bobby Rigues, vice president for the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees, as the recipient of the 2011 Key Communicator Award. Rigues will receive his award, sponsored by SchoolMessenger, from TSPRA president Tim Carroll at the 2011 Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards Convention in Austin.

For more than two decades TSPRA has recognized one Key Communicator annually for outstanding contributions to public education through effective communications. The recipient may be a legislator, educator, or a professional in another field who has improved school communications, or a member of TSPRA who has contributed outstanding service to the profession of school communications. Recipients have included leaders from business, media, PTA, politics and education.

Aledo ISD Board vice president Bobby Rigues earned this prestigious award for effective communications and commitment to his community. His simple message, “Make Education a Priority,” became a rally cry during the Texas legislative year as the legislature tackled the state budget.

TSPRA executive director Linsae Snider shared, “Mr. Rigues proactively ignited a fire of support for public schools that continues to burn in the hearts of taxpayers, educators, parents and business leaders. What began as a simple petition drive in one school district grew into a Texas-sized movement that has contributed significantly to the field of public school communications.”
“SchoolMessenger is proud to recognize Mr. Rigues for his exceptional work providing community leadership and making a direct impact in the lives of students,” said Nate Brogan, vice president of Marketing for SchoolMessenger. “SchoolMessenger prides itself on providing school communities with the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently. The presentation of TSPRA’s Key Communicator Award provides a defining event in our commitment to leadership communications.”

About TSPRA
The Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to promoting public schools through effective communications. TSPRA, an award winning chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), was chartered in 1962 and incorporated in 1977. With more than 800 members, TSPRA is comprised primarily of public information and communications professionals who serve the public school districts and education organizations of Texas.

About SchoolMessenger
SchoolMessenger is a leading provider of notification solutions for education. Thousands of school districts, public schools, colleges, universities, private schools and other educational facilities in all 50 states depend on the company's innovative solutions to connect and effectively communicate with millions of parents, students and staff every day. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com or call 888.527.5225.

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