Manatee school board to vote on new communications director

School board to consider new executive director of communications

eearl@bradenton.comAugust 12, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Manatee County School Board will vote Monday night to approve Stephen Valley, senior communications officer and media analyst for Consolidated Analysis Centers Inc., as the district's new executive director of communications and family and community engagement.

Since 2009, Valley has worked for Consolidated Analysis Centers Inc. in Tampa as a liaison among strategic communication leaders in their headquarters in Arlington, Va., and Afghanistan, Pakistan and Baghdad and U.S. Embassy public affairs staff in the Middle East and Central Asia. He said in his resume that handled "highly sensitive and classified" programs and activities.

The executive director of communications and family and community engagement for the school district will be responsible for the district's marketing and getting information about the district's activities to parents and community members. The executive director will also need to ensure that public records are fulfilled according to the state's Sunshine law.

"This isn't anything new to me," Valley told the Bradenton Herald on Monday. "I have an abundance of experience working with media."

Valley is also an active reservist as a battalion command sergeant major and public affairs chief for the U.S. Army Reserve.

Valley said his military experience has prepared him for any role, including a job in the Manatee County School District.

"The military prepares you for every organization through discipline, commitment, loyalty and strategic planning, which will come in handy," Valley said.

Valley has lived in Manatee County since 2001 and is originally from Brockton, Mass.

"I look forward to long and prosperous relationships in the district," Valley said.

Erica Earl, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.

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