Communications & Public Relations: Our Purpose

  • The Office of Communications & Public Relations strives to provide our communities with relevant, current information about the many events occurring in the school system. Press releases and emergency notifications are also issued by this department. The department manages the school system's Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as the system's websites. In addition to publishing an annual report, the department creates a quarterly newsletter, The Ledger, that is distributed electronically to local residents.

    Follow us on Twitter @AthensALSchools and on Facebook at Athens City Schools for official information pertaining to the school system.

meet the director

Dr. Chris Hamilton

Phone: 256.233.6600


Degrees and Certifications:

Ed.D. Education Administration, University of Alabama M.B.A. University of North Alabama B.S. Business Marketing, Athens State University

Dr. Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton is a 32 year school educator with 18 years of service in the Athens City School System.

Having served as the Technology Director for 17 years, Dr. Hamilton has overseen tremendous growth in the use of technology  for both administraitve purpopses and instructionally. She led the system’s implementation of the 1:1 digital initiative, PowerUp. This initiative placed a mobile device in the hands of all teaches and students. In 2015, Dr. Hamilton transitioned from working in technology to public relations; becoming the first Public Information Officer for Athens City Schools. In this comprehensive role, she is responsible for all communications efforts of the district both internal and external. Her range of expertise includes, but is not limited to, employee relations, social media, press, newsletters, web development and management, advertising, marketing, special events and all community and media relations. She is an active member of the National School Public Relations Association and the Alabama School Public Relations Association.

Chris also serves as the Executive Director of the Athens City Schools Foundation, a 501(c) nonprofit organization supporting teachers and students. The Foundation works to generate funds from within the community that are given back to the teachers and students of the school system.

Dr. Hamilton has been married for 32 years and has one daughter. She enjoys gardening, fishing and spending time on the river.