Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New School Director Aims to Improve Communication

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New School Director Aims to Improve Communication

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Tara Reis has lived in the 15221 ZIP code her entire life -- she graduated from Woodland Hills High School in 1989, and both of her children now attend school in the district. Although she's been active at her children's schools, she said it was "time to take my service up a notch."

"As anybody who knows me will tell you, I'm a huge cheerleader for the district," she said. "I think we have so much good and I don't think enough has been done to promote that."

Mrs. Reis lost her bid for a school board seat in November but was appointed to the board this month after two members were elected to both their regional seat and an at-large seat, which freed up two spots on the board.

She described her goals as a school board member as "lofty" but worthwhile.

As a member of the board's community relations committee, she said, she wants to reach out to people who live in the district who don't send their children to Woodland Hills schools.

"I want to see more students who live within our district coming to our schools," she said.

She said she also wants to improve communication among board members, administrators, teachers, parents and residents.

"It's our Achilles' heel in Woodland Hills, the communication," she said.

Mrs. Reis, who formerly worked in advertising and marketing, said the district needs to make it easier for parents to register their children for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes and make sure parents know what to do in the first years of their children's lives.

"It doesn't have to be a big folder of information," she said. "How about a letter in the maternity ward of local hospitals?"

Mrs. Reis also said she wants to improve the district's website so it's easier for district residents to get information.

"I've heard people say in the last couple of years, 'I have no idea where my kid would even go [to school],' " she said.

Although some people in the district still resent the merger that created Woodland Hills more than 30 years ago, she said she's heartened by people who have remained in the district. …

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