Community Relations

At the Cedar Rapids Community School District we believe regular communication strengthens relationships, builds trust and credibility, and improves students' ability to learn. The Community Relations Office serves as the central point of contact and works closely with administration and staff to inform the public about what's happening in the District. The office creates print and broadcast communications, maintains the homepage of the website, supports the social media presence, and handles all media requests. 

We are happy to assist the news media and help facilitate the flow of information where possible. There are several advantages to making the Community Relations Office the first point of contact:

  • We can direct your inquiry to the appropriate person, school, or department much more quickly.
  • If certain people or resources are not available at the time of your call, we can often identify other avenues for you.
  • We can help to ensure that any students involved in your story have the appropriate parental permissions.
  • The involvement of the Community Relations Office ensures that school board policies and procedures are followed.

The Cedar Rapids Community School District requests that all media inquiries begin with the Community Relations Office.  Please do not directly contact administrators or staff at individual schools or District offices.  

Due to the large number of media requests we receive, it is necessary for the Community Relations Office to manage the process in order to protect the student instructional day and minimize disruption of student learning.

Marcia Hughes

Community Relations Supervisor
Phone: 319-558-2124


Pat Szymanek

Community Relations Secretary
Phone: 319-558-2124