Keller schools no longer distribute community fliers

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Keller school officials no longer give students fliers for community groups and after-school activities, a move that some sponsors said hurt their organizations. Instead, the district is pointing parents to a page online where they can get the information.

“We really do think it’s important for our students and parents to know about these great opportunities in our community,” said Shellie Johnson, director of communications. “Once they’re approved, we’re happy to post them.”

Administrators decided to make the change to reduce the workload of campus staff members and to reduce paper usage, Johnson said.

At the Sept. 19 board meeting, representatives of several organizations said the elimination of paper fliers had hurt their activities.

Sandra Collins from Young Rembrandts, an after-school arts program offered at 14 KISD campuses, said the lack of paper fliers had greatly reduced the number of kids participating.

Collins said her program brings the district thousands of dollars in facilities fees. Now with reduced numbers, she has to consider canceling at some schools.

“Enrollment has dropped significantly,” Collins said. “We may need to cancel the program because there’s not enough to cover rent.”

Several of the providers asked for on-site vendors who are paying for facilities to be allowed to send home fliers.

District officials have stepped up efforts to make the community fliers more visible. Johnson said a link to the notices is featured on the Keller ISD home page and in E-News sent to parents. Every six weeks, students will receive a take-home paper flier that includes all the community non-profit groups with current opportunities listed on the website.

For more information, go to kellerisd.net and click on the link for “Community Flyers.”

Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @SandraEngelland

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