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Hawkins School leaders recognized for 'Performance Excellence'

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR • Mar 20, 2018 at 12:37 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County School District was recognized by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) on Feb. 28th, at the 25th Anniversary Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet.

The mission of the TNCPE is to drive organizational excellence in the State.

TNCPE believes education, recognition of significant achievement, and the sharing of winning strategies will help Tennessee corporations and organizations become more competitive on a national and international level.

Strong Tennessee businesses, in turn, bring jobs and resources to the state, supporting the people who call Tennessee home.

Director of Schools Steve Starnes noted that Hawkins County School’s district leadership team participated in training during the 2017-2018 school year in order to study, improve, and implement processes designed to benefit student achievement and overall organizational practice within the district.

The district received Level 1 recognition, the first level of a four level improvement process.

“Our district leadership team focused on a series of predetermined questions based upon the Baldridge Excellence Framework,” Starnes said. “After analyzing our self-assessment, TNCPE examiners made a site visit to gain a thorough understanding of our organization. Based on their findings, the examiner team provided detailed feedback that identified our strengths and opportunities for improvement. Finally, the TNCPE Panel of Judges reviews the examiners’ work and determines an applicant’s recognition level.”

Starnes added, “This process has allowed us to look at our school system from a systems perspective with a focus on continuous improvement. I am glad that our team had this opportunity, and I look forward to our continued use of the framework. I would also like to thank Michael Hubbard with Kingsport City Schools for helping us facilitate this process.”

Hawkins County Schools’ vision is that “graduates are prepared for college and career to enable them to become productive citizens and successful members of the workforce.

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