“Little Engine that Could” Win Prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
The Pewaukee School District in Wisconsin, a small and innovative public school system and self-described “little engine that could” is one of three organizations selected for the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The prestigious award honors performance excellence in education, healthcare and business performance excellence, as the Baldrige program aims to improve three essential pillars of American society – competitiveness, prosperity and well-being of our population.
The tiny school system has only one high school and middle school and two elementary schools, just 2,791students in all, but winning the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence and visionary leadership was no small feat. The Pewaukee School District, or PSD, was chosen from a pool of applicants for being a leader in “innovative practices, dynamic management, sound financial performance, outstanding employee and customer satisfaction, and a solid commitment to excellence and proven results,” according to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
In other words, they earned it.
Dr. JoAnn Sternke, the superintendent of schools since 2001, said winning the prize was the result of the collective efforts of the district’s 314 staff members, from teachers and administrators to custodians and cafeteria …
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