Walla Walla Public Schools received the Duane Wollmuth Catalyst Award at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Showcase Wednesday evening at Baker Boyer Bank’s main branch. The Duane Wollmuth Catalyst Award recognizes an individual, business or organization which collaborates and motivates to make Big Things happen in the Walla Walla valley, according to the Chamber of Commerce.
Walla Walla Public Schools School Board President Ruth Ladderud and Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith accepted the award on behalf of the school district. Walla Walla Public Schools was recognized for last November’s successful bond measure, the school board’s state Board of Distinction award, improved academic achievement, higher graduation rates and partnerships with local agencies for addressing social and emotional needs of students.
“This award would not have been possible without our amazing school board, staff, parents, students and community who have rallied around our efforts to improve student learning and address our aging facilities through the passage of the largest bond in district history,” said Superintendent Smith. “We are honored to receive this award and remain committed to realizing our vision of Developing Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates.”
Walla Walla Public Schools will celebrate receiving the Duane Wollmuth Catalyst Award at its Sept. 17 school board meeting and display the award at its district office.