Columbus City Schools has selected a new director of communications and media relations.

Columbus City Schools has selected a new director of communications and media relations.

The school board unanimously appointed Kim Norris to the position, which was left open when Jeff Warner left for a similar role in the New Albany-Plain Local School District. Her annual salary is $97,250.

"I'm very excited to be here and ready to be involved," Norris told the board.

A former broadcast journalist, Norris previously served as senior vice president at the communications firm Fleishman-Hillard. In addition, she has served as the communications chief for former Attorney General Jim Petro and director of communications for the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the state auditor.

She is a graduate of Northland High School and Ohio State University.

"We worked very swiftly and we scoured the land and I know we found the very best replacement," said superintendent Gene Harris.

Board member Ramona Reyes challenged Norris to spread the district's positive news. "I wish I would have known a lot of that information as a Columbus community member," Reyes said. "As I knock on doors and talk to people, I wished the community was more aware. My challenge is to make sure we communicate as much to our community as we can."

Harris said her staff would accept the challenge but reminded the board that the communications department has only four staff members. "We are trying to be proactive it's not an excuse," she said. "We have been so focused on what goes on in the classroom, and how we should support teachers and principals -- as we should -- there are some operational areas that we should figure out how to beef up."