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PACE Awards recognize two districts, risk management coordinator

Two districts and one individual were recognized April 24 during PACE Awards presentations. Adam Stewart, chairman of the PACE Board of Trustees, presented the awards during the “PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools” event at the Hilton Eugene.

The awards highlight significant contributions made in 2014 to the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) program. PACE (pace.osba.org) is an insurance pool made up of nearly 300 Oregon member school districts, charter schools, education service districts (ESDs) and community colleges.

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Multnomah ESD receives the Outstanding Program Award from Adam Stewart (center).                   

The outstanding education service district category honored Multnomah ESD, which developed and implemented an emergency preparedness program in the wake of the Reynolds High shooting. The program is coordinated by a work group consisting of administrative staff and nurses from Multnomah ESD. It includes training for school health workers, creation of an emergency to-go kit, and drill exercises such as the “I Luv U Guys” standard response protocol.

The outstanding district is the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, which provides annual summer safety training for maintenance, custodial and grounds employees. This training has led to a significant decrease in injuries, and includes Oregon OSHA safety training as well as specific district guidelines.

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  Adam Stewart (left) presents the Outstanding Individual Award to Jim Smith (right).

The outstanding individual recipient of a PACE Award is Jim Smith, risk management coordinator of the Klamath County School District. Smith has been with Klamath County SD for 27 years, and came out of retirement as a halftime employee in May 2011 to handle such issues as monthly safety meetings, inspections, accident investigations and loss prevention. He has significantly lowered workers compensation costs by working closely with medical professionals to ensure that employees return to work in appropriate capacities.