New superintendent April Domine is using social media to connect with parents and students in the New Albany-Plain Local School District.

New superintendent April Domine is using social media to connect with parents and students in the New Albany-Plain Local School District.

Domine said she started posting information about her work on Facebook after a suggestion by school board member Mike Klein.

"I started about three weeks ago after a conversation with board members," she said.

Domine's account on Facebook is "New Albany-Plain Local Superintendent."

"I think it's a great idea in this day and age of social media, in a time where people want information right now," Klein said. "It's just another tool for her to use as a superintendent to get her message out."

Domine, who was hired in November, said she had thought about using social media to help residents follow her first steps in the district.

Thus far, her postings have discussed recent meetings with students and community members, new groups being formed and how the district is moving forward.

She has been posting at least once a day and several times on other days. She is also trying to keep the community up to date on the newly formed Benchmark Advisory Board, which will be working to find best practices of schools across the nation. On Feb. 10, she wrote that the "group discussed our definition and expectations for benchmarking and then worked to paint a picture of the future vision that will guide our search for the best schools."

Klein said he "likes" in Facebook jargon Domine's page and he is encouraging others to do the same.

"I think the more tools you can use to communicate with the community is beneficial not only for our parents but for also for our community," he said.

Establishing the Facebook account was one of Domine's goals to reach out to the community and show residents how she is working for the district.

"It's a great way to give people the chance to follow along in these early days," she said.

Domine also is posting things she is learning about the district, including information she hopes will help her move the district move forward with the goals in its strategic plan.

Eventually, she hopes to increase the amount of information on the Facebook page by offering the latest district news and informing parents about what faculty members currently are reading and working on.

The Facebook page also links to the district's website and Domine's first letter to the community after she was hired.