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November 12, 2004

OLYMPia, Washington - Dr. Arthur (Art) Jarvis, superintendent, Enumclaw School District, was selected as Washington State's 2005 Superintendent of the Year jarvis photo by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA).

The announcement was made today at WASA's annual superintendents meeting in Spokane. Dr. Jarvis will represent Washington in the National Superintendent of the Year Award Program, which is sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and ServiceMaster. In February, the 2005 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced and recognized along with the four state finalists at the AASA National Conference on Education in San Antonio, Texas.

"Those who know me are fully aware that I see the role of a superintendent as a crusader for public education and for children," commented Dr. Jarvis upon learning of the honor. "To have spent forty years in that cause is an extraordinary privilege in itself. I am very proud to say I am a superintendent. To further receive this recognition, and represent hundreds of superintendents who fight that good fight every day, causes me to feel truly blessed."

jarvis photo at podiumDr. Jarvis is currently in his ninth year as superintendent of the Enumclaw School District. During his tenure as superintendent, the district was awarded a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in excess of $2 million to improve teaching and learning. Dr. Jarvis also has championed a transition to a full-day kindergarten plan, which is showing strong statistics to support the efforts. The kindergarten spring assessment demonstrated significantly higher scores than in previous years, representing as much as a twenty percent improvement in several Enumclaw schools. Prior to his current role in Enumclaw, Dr. Jarvis was superintendent for eleven years in the South Whidbey School District.

Dr. Jarvis' post-secondary education, including his doctorate and superintendent's certification, was received at the University of Washington. A frequent conference presenter, Dr. Jarvis is actively involved with the Washington Association of School Administrators and has participated in a wide variety of working committees and in regional leadership roles for several years.

jarvis with board members

He also is a former president of the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) and a member of the Northwest Regional Data Center Executive Committee.

As a community leader, Dr. Jarvis is the congregation president for Trinity Lutheran Church, a representative on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's district board, a local coordinator for the United Way, a Rotarian (former president) and an emergency chairperson for the American Red Cross.

The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) is a statewide professional association representing 1,100 members including superintendents, central office administrators and building principals. WASA is committed to leadership in providing equity and excellence in student
learning, and leadership in developing competent, ethical and visionary leaders.

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