Hanover Community School Corporation, Communications Department
Kim Mooney, Public Information Officer
Kim Mooney has served as our district’s Public Information Officer (PIO) since 2021. Miss Mooney graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a Bachelor's degree in Communications with a double major in broadcasting and advertising. She is always excited to share the activities and events going on in Hanover schools and is always looking for things to highlight.
As a manager in a retail position, Miss Mooney took on the responsibility of running the social media for that business. She now handles all of our public relations and social media, like Facebook, and the new Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts. She also works on updating the district websites when needed.
Miss Mooney is from Lowell where she currently resides with her boyfriend, Dillon. She has a boxer/pitbull mix named Chewie, two cats named Bucky and Jarvis, as well as Mushu, the bearded dragon. She has two loving parents and two older sisters that both work in education. One sister is a teacher here at Hanover Central Middle School.
Miss Mooney never thought she would find herself in the world of education after working at a daycare for 6 years and nannying for 4 years. But here she is, interacting with students of all ages everyday. "My favorite thing about my job is seeing how excited the teachers get about teaching, how excited the students get about learning, and how excited parents get when they get to see all of that from home through the power of the media," says Miss Mooney.
Communications/ Public Information
The role of the communications department is to create and maintain proactive, timely, and positive communications with our school corporation, which includes: our staff, students, parents, the community, and the media.
Technology is everywhere nowadays through smartphones, tablets, computers, the internet, smart devices, the list goes on! When it comes to a school district, we have our teachers, administrators, principals, cafeteria workers, custodians, etc. But who interacts directly with the parents and the community?
The communications department was designed to fill a communication gap that has been identified nationwide between school districts, parents/guardians, and communities. Hanover’s communications department was instituted to bridge the gap between Hanover Schools, parents/guardians, and residents of the Hanover community in March 2015. It acts as a new channel for showing student accomplishments, education programming, individual school and classroom activities, teacher excellence, and corporate information.
We provide easy to understand content directly to parents and the community through different methods of communication. Hanover schools have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
The Superintendent of Hanover Schools and the Hanover School Board have chosen to move Hanover schools forward and become one of the most open and engaging school districts in Northwest Indiana. The communications department also pushes out an e-newsletter once a month to keep the public informed of the highlights happening in our schools each month.
Please contact our Public Information Officer at email@example.com if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
Hanover Community School Corporation considers requests for community activities and organizations that are of interest and benefit to our students and families. All flyers must receive approval through the Superintendent's office.
In order for community organizations to be posted on social media, please reach out to our Public Information Officer for approval at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone: 219-374-3900 (ext. 3945)
Hanover Community School Corporation sees the importance of having a positive relationship with the media. Our goal is to ensure that media coverage is an accurate representation of our school corporation without disrupting the education process.
To provide timely and accurate communication between the district and media, we ask for cooperation with the following forms of communication.
- Media who want to film, photograph, or interview anyone from the Hanover Community School Corporation including: students, staff, board members, or administration, should place a request with our Public Information Officer at email@example.com.
- The exception to this is athletic comments or questions from coaches regarding past, present, or future sporting events.
- For scheduled interviews, questions should be sent in advance to the Public Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After-school events that are open to the general public are open to the media and do not require arrangements to be made in advance. Events during school hours DO require an appointment.
- The exception is graduation. Please inform our Public Information Officer if you plan to attend graduation. Only one member of each media team is allowed at the event.
If a media member would like to visit a school, it should be arranged through the Public Information Officer. Photo ID and identification from your organization is required upon arrival. Visits during the school day may have restrictions. You will be escorted during your visit by a staff member during the entirety of your visit.
Hanover Community School Corporation follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Students and parents are able to opt out of the release of information, including photographs, at the time of student registration. Before using a film, photo, or interview, check with the Public Information Officer to determine whether that student/parent has opted out of releasing information.
The media are invited and encouraged to attend all open meetings of the Hanover Community School Board. To minimize disruption, we ask that interviews of parents, staff, board members, or other participants be conducted in the hallway outside the board room or in a pre-arranged space. Copies of board agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials are available on the corporation’s website.
In an emergency, the corporation will release timely information through our website, social media, and our all call/email system. During an emergency, the media will not be permitted inside the affected school building(s). Media will be assigned to a designated area that does not interfere with emergency first responders.
Hanover Community School Corporation uses social media to provide timely communication and to share the great things happening in the district on a daily basis. Pages are maintained and moderated by our Public Information Officer.
We encourage civil and thoughtful dialogue about corporation matters on social media. HCSC will not remove social media comments simply because of disagreement with the school's viewpoints and/or criticism of the corporation. However, we reserve the right to delete comments that contain:
- Content that has nothing to do with the corporation or the post itself
- Personal attacks on teachers, students, staff, or other users on the page
- Foul language including comments that are inappropriate, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, threatening, or sexually explicit.
- “Trolling” (offensive or provocative comments with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting angry responses)
- Spam or the intent to sell a product or service
- Links to external sources that are not related to the corporation or the post itself
- Copyrighted materials
- Political information or campaign materials
- Users that do not have students in the district or have no relation to the district
Users who continue to violate these guidelines will be banned and/or blocked from the social media page(s) and may be reported to the social media platform(s).
Should you have questions or concerns about the HCSC social media accounts, please direct your inquiry via email to Kim Mooney, Public Information Officer at email@example.com.