Communications

It is the mission of the Communications Department to serve as a liaison between district administration and the community in an effort to promote the offerings of the district and keep open the lines of communication with all stakeholders. 

The Communications Department works under the direction of the Superintendent and oversees the district's website, community and media relations, strategic marketing, social media, the weekly e-News, and other publications.


STAFF
Carrie Hilger, Director of Communications
651-403-7008 | carrie.hilger@isd197.org

Michelle Graff, Communications Specialist
651-403-7022 | michelle.graff@isd197.org
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STAY CONNECTED TO DISTRICT 197
 

WEEKLY E-NEWS
Every Friday the district sends an electronic newsletter containing news about School District 197's students, staff and upcoming events. The updates are sent to district staff and community members via the district's e-mail list. 

  • Sign up to receive the e-News.
  • To suggest a news item or event for the e-News, please fill out the form to Submit a New Tip.

SCHOOL BOARD BRIEFS
Board Briefs are a way for the community to stay updated on school board happenings. Board Briefs contain summarized information on what the school board discusses and approved at their meetings and work sessions. Video recordings of the School Board's Business Meetings are also available.

ACTIVITY CALENDAR / FAMILY HANDBOOK
The District Activity Calendar and Family Handbook are published annually and mailed to District families in August. Community members who would like a printed copy of the calendar can pick one up at their neighborhood school, the District Office (1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights), or contact the Communications Department to request a copy.

SOCIAL MEDIA
District 197 uses Facebook pages to keep families updated on news and announcements. 


COMMUNITY CABLE CHANNELS

The District has a presence on two local cable channels:

  • Townsquare TV, Channel 20 - serving residents of Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake and West St. Paul
  • Eagan Television (eTV), Channel 14 - serving residents of Eagan

Regular business meetings of the School Board are video recorded for playback on local cable and online streaming. Find more information about School Board Meetings.