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Chamber lauds school district

Ruth Ladderud and Wade Smith display the WWPS award.

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Walla Walla Public Schools was recognized Wednesday night at the 2019 Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. Superintendent Wade Smith and Board of Directors President Ruth Ladderud accepted the Duane Wollmuth Catalyst Award on behalf of the school district.

The award recognizes an individual, business or organization which collaborates and motivates to make big things happen in the Walla Walla valley, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

WWPS was recognized for last November’s successful bond measure, the school board’s state Board of Distinction award, improved academic achievement, higher graduation rates and partnerships with local agencies addressing social and emotional needs of students.

“This award would not have been possible without our amazing school board, staff, parents, students and community who have rallied around our efforts to improve student learning and address our aging facilities through the passage of the largest bond in district history,” Smith said. “We are honored to receive this award and remain committed to realizing our vision of developing Washington’s most sought-after graduates.”

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