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PACE Awards recognize InterMountain ESD as School Safety Star, others

  
PACE Board Chairman Phil Wentz presents the School Safety Star award to Intermountain ESD during PACE Day.
   

An education service district (ESD), three school districts and five individuals were recognized Thursday during PACE Awards presentations. Phil Wentz, chairman of the PACE Board of Trustees, presented the awards during the “PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools” event in Salem.

The awards highlight significant contributions made in 2016 to the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) program. PACE (pace.osba.org) is an insurance pool made up of roughly 300 Oregon member school districts, charter schools, education service districts (ESDs) and community colleges.Phil Wentz, chairman of the PACE Board of Trustees, presented the awards during the “PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools” event in Salem.

InterMountain ESD was recognized as the inaugural School Safety Star, selected from among all applicants. The award carries with it $5,000 from PACE to be used in a school safety improvement effort. InterMountain ESD won the award for its school security initiative, an innovative program to provide the ESD’s 18 school districts in three counties with evaluation tools, resources and training to improve school security and increase student safety.

Other awards included:

Outstanding programs

  • Burns SD, which established an elective basic home improvement course whose students have also tackled renovation and remodeling projects at the high school;
  • North Marion, for its performance of a comprehensive earthquake drill using the FEMA model; and
  • McMinnville SD, for its school safety and preparedness program.

Outstanding individuals

  • Jeff Frieze, a member of the North Douglas School Board and a deputy sheriff who has dedicated himself to safety training in the school setting;
  • Laura Orr, a Ukiah SD science teacher who spent countless hours identifying, labeling and assuring the safe disposal of chemicals that had been stored in the science lab;
  • Jeff Philley and Armando Ruiz, principal and vice principal at Coquille SD’s junior/senior high school, who organized a full-day training with a simulated active-shooter scenario; and
  • Jill Robinson-Wolgamott, assistant principal of Prairie Mountain School in the Bethel School District, whose training skills have helped lead the district’s safety efforts and reunification plans.