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Public Policy Forum recognizes district for achieving results

The Public Policy Forum, a nonpartisan research organization focusing on regional issues, announced that the Hamilton School District is one of its 2008 “Salute to Local Government” award winners. Hamilton was selected in the category of “Managing for Results.”

The district was recognized for implementing a long-term strategic plan that improved academic achievement, addressed the issue of aging facilities and increased community satisfaction. The plan included research-based instruction and assessment practices, collection and utilization of data in decision-making, promotion of community engagement and prioritization of financial resources.

“What has set our district apart is a sustained focus on learning and achievement,” Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said. “This award is validation of the hard work and remarkable success that has been achieved with the school and community working together on behalf of children.”

The district was one of nine award winners in the Milwaukee region. This year’s group of award winners comes from a list of entries that is significantly larger than the Forum has ever had before.

“This is the highest award that the Public Policy Forum gives to government officials and projects that demonstrate through leadership and innovation that ‘government works’ for its citizens and taxpayers,” Forum President Rob Henken wrote to the district. “We are proud to honor the Hamilton School District for its accomplishments.”

The award will be presented June 19 at the Salute to Local Government breakfast in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum was established in 1913 as a government watchdog and is dedicated to enhancing government effectiveness and development of southeastern Wisconsin through objective research of regional public policy issues.