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Robert J. Handy Award

Manson HS Principal Don Vanderholm receives Robert J. Handy Award

Don Vanderholm, Manson High School Principal, was the recipient of the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award. Don was selected representing medium size school districts in the state. He was recognized at the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Summer Conference held in Spokane, Washington on June 27, 2016.

The Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award, sponsored by PEMCO Insurance and WASA, recognize outstanding public school administrators in Washington State. One highly effective superintendent, a central office administrator, or building administrator is selected from a small school district (up to 500 students), a medium size school district (501–2,000 students), and a large school district (over 2,000 students). A $10,000 award is equally divided among the three winners.

A peer committee selects the recipients from nominations that describe how each nominee is taking part in realizing the nine characteristics of high performing schools and/or districts as defined by research from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Colleague Heather Ireland shared, “Don has worked with his staff, students and members of the community to enhance student learning and experiences in a rigorous and meaningful way. I am very proud of my colleague, and I’m excited to see him honored by school administrators from across the state.”