The Public Policy Forum presented Hamilton School District Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., with the “James R. Ryan Lifetime Achievement Award” June 21 at its 2016 Salute to Local Government program.
Cooke is retiring after serving 23 years as Hamilton’s superintendent. In presenting her with the award, Public Policy Forum noted that among her accomplishments, Cooke has presided over a series of advances in academic achievement, approval of four referendums by voters for enhanced funding for school construction and operations, implementation of several building projects that were not subject to referendum, improvements in the district’s bond rating, and elimination of its OPEB liability. She has been honored by the Wisconsin State Reading Association, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, and others for distinguished service and administrative acumen.
“During a year like this one that is marked by fierce local, state, and national electoral battles, it is particularly important to recognize the outstanding work performed by nonpartisan professionals in the halls of local government and in school administration buildings across southeast Wisconsin,” said Public Policy Forum President Rob Henken. “The Salute reflects the Forum’s strong belief that ‘good government’ is a value shared by citizens of all political stripes, and that exceptional public sector performance should be trumpeted and celebrated.”
A video highlighting Cooke’s accomplishments was presented at the awards ceremony is available on the Forum’s YouTube channel.
Public Policy Forum is a Milwaukee based, nonpartisan public policy research organization.