MFUSD Superintendent named leadership award winner

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Jim Reger, interim superintendent of the Milton-Freewater Unified School District, was honored as the 2013 Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award winner at the InterMountain Education Service District’s Crystal Apple Awards ceremony Wednesday (May 15) at the Pendleton Red Lion Hotel.

The Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award is named for the late Doug Flatt, who was the chief executive officer of Mid Columbia Bus Company. Flatt lost his life in a tragic plane crash while on business. In guiding the growth and operation of Midco, Flatt exemplified the finest qualities of leadership, attention to detail, service to his community, interpersonal relationships, and customer service. The purpose of this award is to recognize a school administrator from a Mid Columbia Bus Company school district who exemplifies the same qualities for which Flatt was legendary. The award is sponsored by the IMESD and Mid Columbia Bus Company.

Reger, who did not know he was receiving the award Wednesday until his name was announced, was surprised, but honored for the prestigious distinction. He was also pleasantly surprised to see his family come out of the back of the room to show their support. Reger, who will retire at the end of the school year, choked up while speaking, noting the week had been a difficult one for his District with the passing of Ferndale Elementary Associate Principal Ron Richwine’s death on Sunday. He then said he will share the honor with his district’s staff, who he said are integral to his being able to do his job effectively.

While numerous classified and licensed employees from each Umatilla and Morrow county school district receive Crystal Apple Awards – a total of 34 for 2013 – only one administrator from all of Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties can receive the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award.

A well-respected leader in the region, Reger has been responsible for significant and substantial progress in managing an ever-shrinking budget while still enhancing student learning through additional technology purchases, addressing “big ticket” long-deferred maintenance needs, identifying cost-saving items, dramatically increasing the number of high school students earning college credit, focusing on decreasing the achievement gap, and transitioning the district to the Common Core State Standards.

In the interest of transparent leadership, and as part of the transition to the new teacher and principal evaluation systems, Reger also publically shared the results of his evaluation by the school board.

Reger has been an administrator in the Milton-Freewater Unified School District for 18 years, and has served as the District’s personnel administrator since 1996. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University, earned his Master’s degree from Oregon State University, completed his educational administration degree through the University of Oregon, and received his superintendent certification from Lewis and Clark College.

He was honored with the National Distinguished Principal’s Award in 2006, and served as president and executive board member for the Oregon School Personnel Association from 2006-2010.

Reger lives in Pendleton with his wife, Laura.


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