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APS director, former board members earn WASA awards

 

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Terri Bookey, Ursula Ghirardo and Bob McClure received Sno-Isle Region 109 Washington Association of School Administrators awards May 10 in Everett. From left, Ursula Ghirardo, former School Board Member, Arlington Public Schools; Bob McClure, former School Board Member, Arlington Public Schools; Terri Bookey, Director of Early Learning and Categorical Programs, Arlington Public Schools; and Chrys Sweeting, Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools.

Arlington Public Schools' Director of Early Learning and Categorical Programs and two former school board members were recognized with Sno-Isle Region 109 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) awards on May 10.

The recipients are:

Terri Bookey - Director of Early Learning and Categorical Programs, Arlington Public Schools

Bookey received the WASA Student Achievement Award for Arlington Public Schools. As the Director of Early Learning and Categorical Programs for six years, Bookey has renovated English-Language Learner Programming, Early Childhood Education, Highly Capable Services, and the Title/Learning Assistance Program. She also revised the district's summer program offerings by adding the very popular "Books on the Bus" program, which will be expanded to a Mathmobile this summer.

Ursula Ghirardo and Bob McClur - Former School Board Members, Arlington Public Schools

Ghirardo and McClure received the WASA Community Leadership Award for Arlington Public Schools. As a result of their leadership, new equitable opportunities – such as a revised nondiscrimination policy, a new Open Doors Program to reengage students who have dropped out of school, and increased access to Advanced Placement courses for students – have been implemented. Ghirardo served on the board for eight years and McClure served for 22 years.

"Terri, Ursula and Bob have all had a great impact on student learning and achievement in our district and the community," said Chrys Sweeting, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent. "They have worked hard to ensure student have the resources they need to succeed. These awards are very well deserved."

The three received the awards during WASA's annual awards luncheon May 10 in Everett.

 

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