WPUSD administrators receive awards

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Three Western Placer Unified School District administrators received awards for their service to the district. The awards were given Feb. 22 by the Association of California School Administrators, which is an organization that supports 15,200 school administrators in the state of California with training and resources, according to Bob Noyes, assistant superintendent of personnel services. Noyes, who will retire at the end of June, received a lifetime achievement award for his 40 years in education. “It’s great, a wonderful thing,” Noyes said. “This is a great community to work and live in.” Noyes said he has enjoyed working with the teachers and staff, who “have been supportive.” “My job has been tremendously fulfilling, and I can’t think of a better profession,” Noyes said. In May, Noyes will be sworn in as president of the Association of California School Administrators. Mary Boyle, the assistant superintendent of educational services, received Placer County Administrator of the Year. “I was so proud of our district. I believe everything we accomplish is a team effort by our district’s teachers, administrators and support staff,” Boyle said. “This really is for all of us.” Boyle said the district has worked hard to “raise the expectations of our students” and attributed her award to “everyone working together.” “An administrator can’t do a darn thing if they don’t have a great team behind them,” she said. “I’m just so proud.” Superintendent Scott Leaman received two awards, which were Superintendent of the Year and Placer County Administrator of the Year. “I’m deeply honored to have received the award(s) but WPUSD is really deserving of the award much more than me because of the hard work of everyone here,” Leaman said. Julie White, spokesperson for the Association of California School Administrators, said the association is divided into 14 regions within the state of California and Boyle, Leaman and Noyes received awards for Region Two. White said Boyle and Leaman were “selected from among hundreds of their peers for the honor” and have been nominated at the statewide level for the awards they received at the regional level. “What these awards say about these individuals is that they have devoted their careers to helping students succeed against all odds,” White said. “In schools today, with unprecedented budget cuts, it takes innovative and dedicated leaders to do what’s needed for kids. These two individuals (Boyle and Leaman) clearly have made an impression on their colleagues and their community.” White said Noyes received his award since he is retiring.