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18 new principals named at WCSD schools 

RENO — Washoe County School District officials on Friday released a list of new principals who have been hired at district schools for the upcoming 2010-11 school year.

The appointments are: Debbie O’Gorman, Anderson Elementary School; Mary Ellen Arrascada, Beasley Elementary School; Ruth Williams, Brown Elementary School; Karen Wallis, Corbett Elementary School; Susan Kehoe, Duncan Elementary School; Chad Hicks, Echo Loder Elementary School; Lisa Pescio-Ruzycki, Hall Elementary School; Krissy Brown, Mt. Rose Elementary School; Mike Paul, Peavine Elementary School; Tom Wortman, Smithridge Elementary School; Gloria Geil, Verdi Elementary School; Alan Reeder, Veterans Elementary School; Bruce Meissner, Clayton Middle School; Laura Petersen, Dilworth Middle School; Scott Grange, Mendive Middle School; Mary Green, O’Brien Middle School; Stacey Cooper, Incline High School; Jeana Curtis, North Valleys High School.

“The upcoming year is going to be significant as we begin to implement a five-year strategic plan, address all manner of reforms from the federal, state and local level and face a huge budget challenge,” Superintendent Heath Morrison said. “I look forward to working with each one of these outstanding educators as the district moves ahead to get every student in the district career or college ready.” 

The release said the WCSD will continue with the hiring process until all principalships have been filled and continue to release updates as those positions are hired.

For more information, visit or follow the district on Twitter at WCSDTweet.

Hug High student among top in national financial challenge

RENO — Emmanuel Salazar, a graduating senior from Hug High School, is one of only 20 students across the United States to have been selected to receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the Charles Schwab Foundation. His recognition comes as a result of being one of the highest scoring students in the nation on the 2010 National Financial Capability Challenge. Not only will he receive the scholarship, but Hug High School will receive a $1,000 cash award.

Emmanuel was born in Mexico, the third of seven children. Throughout his years at Hug, Emmanuel has been on the varsity soccer team. He graduated on Saturday and will be the first in his family to attend college. His plans are to start at Truckee Meadows Community College and eventually transfer to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to study architecture, a fitting future for a student whose strongest subject in school is math.

When his counselor, Coleen Walker, called him a celebrity, he said, “I don’t think I stand out that much. I am just a normal kid.”

The National Financial Capability Challenge, announced in December 2009 by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, is an awards program designed to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high schoolers across the United States so they can take control over their financial futures. It challenges high school teachers and other educators to teach the basics of personal finance to their students, and rewards students, educators, schools and states for their participation and their success.

During February and March, educators taught students the basics of personal finance, inside or outside of the classroom. They could use a free Educator Toolkit provided by the program, their own materials or a combination. Students then took a voluntary online exam designed to illustrate the relevance of financial capability, allowed students to demonstrate what they have learned and assessed their financial knowledge.

Educators and students who scored in the top 20 percent nationally and those who were among the top scorers in their school will receive official award certificates. Additionally, the Charles Schwab Foundation has named 20 students, including Emmanuel, chosen from among the challenge participants, to receive $1,000 scholarships. Schwab will also donate $1,000 to the school of each scholarship recipient. Students who scored in the top 20 percent nationally and are from one of the 10 states with the highest participation rates in the challenge were eligible for these scholarships.

Hidden Valley principal appointed examiner for quality award

RENO — Scott Bailey, principal of Hidden Valley Elementary School, has been appointed by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, director of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to the 2010 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

As an examiner, Bailey is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award. The board is composed of approximately 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations and nonprofits, including government.

Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition. All members of the board must take part in a preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.

The Baldrige Award may be given annually in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and nonprofit. Awards have been presented to 80 organizations, including the 2009 recipients: Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, Kansas City, Mo. (manufacturing); MidwayUSA, Columbia, Mo. (small business); AtlantiCare, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (health care); Heartland Health, St. Joseph, Mo. (health care); and VA Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center, Albuquerque, N.M. (nonprofit)

Information about the Baldrige National Quality Program and the application process is available at (301) 975-2036 or or from the Baldrige Program’s website at

The program is managed by NIST in close cooperation with the private sector. ASQ in Milwaukee, Wisc., administers the program.

For more information about Bailey, call 857-3150.
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