Communications and News


Karen Uthe-Semancik


Karen Uthe Semancik
Director of Communications

(Find email contacts in our Staff Directory.)

377 Dover Center Road
Bay Village, OH 44140

Ph: 440-617-7307
Fx: 440-617-7301

Office Hours
7:30 am - 4 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Communications, Media Relations and Public Information

Our goal is to ensure our students, parents and community members have complete, accurate and timely information about important matters concerning our district and schools.

The Communications Office responds to requests for public records from both the news media and the general public.

Beyond providing access to public records, we strive to provide answers to any questions people may have about our district, or we direct inquiries to appropriate information sources.

We are happy to work with members of the news media to answer questions and provide information, arrange interviews and onsite news and feature coverage, and to obtain parent permission where student interviews or images are requested.

We provide information about our district and schools through a variety of communication channels:

Our One Rocket Nation News ENewsletter is posted online and readers can subscribe here.

The District also publishes a quarterly print newsletter, The Rocket Report, mailed to all Bay Village residents and businesses.

We work to make this website as comprehensive a source of information about our school district as possible. It is really the hub of our information program, where so much news, district and school-specific information, calendars and forms reside. Links from our e-newsletters, Twitter and Facebook accounts often bring readers back to our website for more in-depth information. QR codes in our print publication and newspaper features often link to more information on our website. The website is also a portal to many parent and staff online services. Active links on the website flowchart (above) will let you tour some of our web features.

Phone App
Our phone app is an easy way to get to web information on your iPhone or Android phone. Calendar dates and staff contact information put what you need while you're on the go right at your fingertips! Just touch and click a calendar date to see all scheduled events for that date sorted by building, and touch the event to bring up event details. Touch and click phone numbers to make a call, touch and click email addresses to bring up an email form, and touch and click staff member classroom blog/webpage address to go directly to posted information.

Social Media
We maintain the district's official Twitter account @BaySchoolsOH, the district's Facebook account and Instagram feed @bay_village_schools.

Staff Directory
We offer contact information for all our staff members through our online staff directory. You will find job assignments, email addresses and school phone numbers for everyone. Many staff members also maintain their own webpages, and we provide those links in our staff directory.

Web Video
Information and highlight videos are produced by this office and available on our website through our Vimeo account and other webpages throughout our site.

Survey Research
Surveys are effective tools that help us listen to the collective opinions of parents, students, staff members and community members on a variety of issues. We conduct a variety of surveys, depending upon the need and occasion.

Karen Uthe Semancik has nearly 10 years of experience serving schools in communications and marketing roles. She has also served as a community reporter, covering local school districts. Previously, she owned a boutique marketing firm and worked in the radio industry. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Ohio University. 

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