The library of Portsmouth West High School was filled Wednesday evening, as people gathered for a night of awards, during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Washington-Nile Local School District Board of Education. Many students were awarded for excellence in humanitarian efforts, grades, and sports. Also honored, Superintendent Jeff Stricklett.
Stricklett was honored by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) for his exemplary leadership and was awarded a proclamation.
The proclamation reads, “This proclamation is hereby presented by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators to recognize outstanding educational leadership which has resulted in the enhancement and improvement of educational opportunities for the elementary and secondary students of Ohio to Jeff Stricklett.
“Therefor, be it known that the membership of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators salutes you for your efforts and accomplishments on behalf of the youth of Ohio and gratefully bestows upon you the designation and distinction of being an exemplary educational leader.”
Stricklett has been a member of the Senator community for four years and says he has enjoyed his time. He attributes his success to a network of helpful individuals.
“We have a great community, board, faculty, and student body,” Stricklett said. “We are all proactive and our personalities mesh, because we are constantly moving forward, together.”
Sticklett’s initial four-year contract recently came to an end and the board voted to extend a five-year contract to him, which he accepted. Since he has been a Senator, Strickland has made a major commitment to put one-on-one technology in the hands of every student in his district. He has nearly accomplished this goal claims it as his biggest accomplishment in office.
“I’d say my biggest accomplishment is getting technology to each student in grades five to 12,” Stricklett said. “We also just started offering a digital library to our students through myOn. We’ve recently put in about $500,000 worth of desktops that we’ve actually only put about $10,000 into. Also, we’ve built a better relationship with the community.”
The award was approved by BASA, but Stricklett was initially nominated by one of his peers, who are a local superintendent.
Kirk Hamilton, executive director of BASA, was at the board meeting and presented the award to Stricklett.
“Each year, we recognize a superintendent in each region of Ohio,” Hamilton explained. “In order to qualify for this award, you have to do some impressive work, because this is an award where a superintendent is nominated by their peers. I’m not sure there is a greater honor then being recognized by your peers, as an exceptional leader. Here in southern Ohio, you have one of those exceptional leaders in Jeff Stricklett. There are people in his region who have a lot more tenure as a superintendent, but people quickly figured out that he has a vision they look to him for leadership and guidance, and believe he has had an impact in, not only local education, but education across the state. Jeff is an active member of our association and his word of wisdom, his presence, and activity make a difference in what we do across our state.”
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