New coordinator takes on communications tasks for Westerville schools

MARLA K. KUHLMAN
mkuhlman@thisweeknews.com
Charlie Boss

The Westerville City School District has a new community-engagement coordinator.

Charlie Boss started working for the district July 1, filling a position previously held by Lynne Maslowski.

Maslowski took an extended leave of absence from the district in late December 2019.

The school board approved her retirement effective July 1. She had been with the Westerville district for 27 years.

Boss, 41, most recently worked as a communication specialist in the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Ohio State University, where she developed content strategy for the center's website, weekly newsletter and social media.

Her annual salary is $58,302, and her benefits are valued at $18,486 for a total compensation package of $76,788, according to Greg Viebranz, executive director of communications and technology.

"We run a lean, three-person communications operation, so filling an existing vacancy with someone of Charlie's caliber is a bonus," said John Kellogg, district superintendent.

"The skill set she brings to the position will take our efforts to the next level and help the department achieve its vision for the future of our communications and engagement efforts."

Boss, a Grandview Heights resident, said she is excited about joining the district and feels humbled to work with a team of educators and staff members who are passionate about preparing Westerville students for life after they graduate.

"I recently interviewed a 2009 Westerville graduate who talked about her journey from college to the workplace after high school," Boss said. "When she reflected on all the people she met, the opportunities she has received, and ultimately the career she pursued, she said, 'Everything starts in Westerville' (schools)'."

Boss said that says so much about the people, the experiences and the opportunities students receive in the district.

"I look forward to supporting the work that helps so many of them succeed," she said.

Boss worked as assistant director of marketing and communications for I Know I Can in Columbus from April 2019 to September 2019.

Prior to that, she worked as social-media coordinator for Columbus State Community College for two years.

Boss also worked as an education reporter for The Columbus Dispatch from 2004 to 2015.

She received her bachelor's degree in print journalism from Emerson College in 2000.

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