Nell BoggsNell Boggs
Executive Director of Communications

Nell has lived in Douglas County since 1995. Married with three adult children and a proponent of public education, she considers it a privilege to direct the communication activities for the Douglas County School System. Nell earned a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and is certified to teach English in grades 6-12. She is a native of Thomaston, Georgia. On most Saturdays in the fall, you will find her in Athens cheering on the Bulldogs.

Portia LakePortia Lake
Director of Public Information

Portia Lake is the Director of Public Information for the Douglas County School System. Her areas of expertise include media relations, crisis communications, photography, and videography. A former television news anchor and public radio reporter, Portia loves sharing the magnificent things happening in the Douglas County School System.  Portia is a married mom of twin boy toddlers. In her free time, she enjoys reading classic literature, calligraphy and cheering on her beloved LSU Tigers! 

Lynn MurrayLynn Murray
Communications Liaison

Lynn loves being part of the team that shares great news about the district. She is married to Joe, and they have two sons who attend Douglas County School System schools. Lynn received a BS and MPA from Georgia Southern University. Go Big Blue!

The Communications Department handles all media relations related requests and acts as the School District's Public Information Office. Please click the links below for information on the various programs of the department.


The Communications Department offers an easy way to submit news articles. By clicking the link below, you will go to a form that will offer you the option of submitting:

* a news article about something positive in our schools. The information might be used in the weekly district newsletter, on social platforms, or shared with the media.
* an item appropriate for an employee only newsletter
* a sympathy announcement for a relative of an employee
* a flyer to post on the Community Bulletin Board

Parents, employees, and community members are all welcome to submit news for consideration.



The Communications Department assists in developing the school calendar with input from parents, employees, and the community. For the 2019-2020 Official Calendar, click Calendar.

Flyer Approvals

We are no longer approving hard copies of flyers for distribution in schools. We have set up a Virtual Community Bulletin Board which can be accessed from the main page of the district website. For guidelines, please click DCSS Virtual Community Bulletin Board.

The DCSS Digest Weekly Electronic Newsletter

The DCSS Digest is emailed to parents and employees every Friday during the school year. To see past issues, click here. To sign up to receive the publication, click here.

The Standard of Excellence Publication

Schools submit articles to be published in the The Standard of Excellence section of Chapel Hill News & Views September through May. 

Teacher of the Year

Every year, each school selects a teacher to be honored as Teacher of the Year (TOTY). From this group of 35 teachers, one teacher is selected as Teacher of the Year for Douglas County. 

Teacher 4 A Day and Principal 4 A Day

Business and community members have an opportunity each year to shadow a principal or teacher in one of our schools as part of the Teacher 4 A Day or Principal 4 A Day program. 

Douglas County Education Foundation

The Douglas County Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit that awards scholarships each year to high school seniors in Douglas County and awards Classroom Impact Grants to teachers for initiatives not funded by local, state, or federal dollars. For more information about the foundation, click here

Social Media

The Community Relations Department also updates Facebook and Twitter for the Douglas County School System. Please visit us on Facebook and Twitter.


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