“(Social media) allows us to communicate almost instantly with parents. If we have an emergency situation, weather event, delay, snow days, those kinds of things, it can be a real blessing to get information out quickly. Where it creates a challenge is that we can’t always get the correct information out as quickly as they want it. We can never, we will never be able to beat a kid with a cell phone texting from the building about what is going on. So that creates a real challenge, trying to get the right information out there fast enough.”
Vicki Murphy, who held a communications coordinator position at Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis, will replace Petraits, who credits Murphy as being a “quick study who understands the culture of education.”
In the end, Petraits says this is just the right time, but she looks back fondly on a school district that continues to show marked improvement in their testing scores and increased reputation gains and hopes that she played a role in some of that.
“My favorite part of working with the Brownsburg Schools is that it’s such an exemplary school district,” she said, noting she moved her family here for the schools. “The reputation has only improved over time, and I’d like to hope I contributed to that.
“What I would hope is that people understand how hard the schools, teachers, custodians, bus drivers — how hard these people work and how much they care about the kids. I’ve always been proud to be a part of this district.”