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Troy superintendent wins communication award

Troy Times | Published September 30, 2015




The Troy School District superintendent has been selected from among his peers across the state as an outstanding communicator.

The Michigan School Public Relations Association named Richard Machesky, superintendent of the Troy School District, its 2015 Outstanding Superintendent Communicator.

“It was a surprise,” Machesky said. “I’m very honored. It’s certainly nice to be recognized. I feel what we do is relative to what we do in the community and with constituent groups.”

Machesky said he’s held coffee groups with parents and has met with and spoken to service organizations, such as the Kiwanis Club of Troy and the Friends of Troy Seniors.

He said the award is a testament to the team at the district’s central office and the assistant superintendents.

The Troy Board of Education selected Machesky as superintendent in May 2014. Before that Machesky served as assistant superintendent for secondary instruction.

He’s spearheaded a number of communication programs since his appointment — OneTroy, a district-wide branding initiative; the monthly School Life Troy newsletter; two video podcast series: TSD Talks and TSD Roundtable; and OneTroy, an email addressed to district staff, which he writes each week.

The annual Michigan School Public Relations Association Outstanding Superintendent Communicator Award recognizes a practicing superintendent of schools or a CEO of an education agency for outstanding leadership in school public relations and communications.

“We are blessed to have communication professionals in our state who support one another to promote the great things happening in public education,” said MSPRA President Micki O’Neil in a prepared statement. “The annual MPSRA contest is one way of recognizing our work as public relations professionals.”

“We have seen the tremendous focus Dr. Machesky has put on two-way communication with students, staff, parents, board members and other members of the community,” Troy Board of Education President Nancy Philippart said via email. 

She said it is “gratifying” to see that an organization of communication professionals recognized Machesky’s efforts.

“This is a huge honor for both Dr. Machesky and the Troy School District, and we are very proud of this accomplishment.”