Pine-Richland School District Wins “Award of Excellence”
The Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) program has named the Pine-Richland School District as the recipient of the 2021 Excellence Award.
The Award of Excellence is the alliance’s highest level of award. “Notably, the Pine-Richland School District will only be the seventh organization to win the Excellence Award in the past 15 years and the first recipient of the Education Sector Excellence Award,” said Bob Bitner , President and CEO of MAAPE. Upon winning the Award of Excellence, the district will receive an invitation to apply to the National Baldrige Program in the future.
MAAPE, a 501 (c) 3 organization serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, aims to help organizations achieve enhanced levels of performance by identifying and recognizing model organizations and sharing their best practices and strategies. MAAPE is one of 31 state and regional Baldrige awards programs across the country. MAAPE applicants are assessed in seven areas defined by the Baldrige criteria: leadership; strategy; customers; knowledge measurement, analysis and management; Workforce; operations; and results. All applicants receive written feedback reports summarizing the strengths of the organization and opportunities for improvement.
“The MAAPE Award of Excellence is an incredible honor and ultimate recognition of a team effort over many years that reflects all staff and the entire organization. Pine-Richland’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan serve as a compass and map of continuous improvement for our students and their families, ”said Superintendent Brian Miller.
“The Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework is a tool that helps organizations improve. We appreciate feedback on the strengths of the district and our opportunities for improvement.
As the final step in the assessment process, over 60 Pine-Richland staff and board of directors, including teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, custodians, principals, district administrators and principals, participated in a comprehensive three-day virtual tour. Various staff members shared their thoughts on this recognition and the growth of PRSD over the years:
“Over the past few years, I have witnessed a shift from a focus on individual improvements to a comprehensive focus on the core processes of our school system,” said Principal Steve Smith.
“This change has prevented us from creating a ‘flavor of the month’ process improvement program to truly develop a culture that embraces continuous improvement. “
“Our district’s commitment to the mental health and wellness programs provided inside and outside our schools has been reinforced by our mindset of continuous improvement,” said the psychologist. principal, Dr. Maura Paczan. “One example is partnering with a third party to deliver a full continuum of mental health services. “
“In over 10 years of working for Pine-Richland, the district has provided staff at all levels and in all positions with professional development opportunities,” said Susan Torchia, President of PR Educational Support Professionals Association.
As part of its strategic planning process for 2019-2023, the district has identified ‘Pursuit of Excellence’ as a category with long-term and short-term goals to work through the MAAPE and BPE programs in order to promote continuous improvement of processes and results. This commitment is visually reflected in the green continuous improvement loops and the results histogram.
“Excellence must be discussed at two levels, functional and human. People and organizations can achieve excellence in performance while ignoring the means to the end. There is something to be said for achieving excellence at both levels, ”said Marc D. Casciani, PRSD Board Member and Treasurer.
“We are honored to receive this award, which affirms our ability to perform at a very high level in an honest, reliable and honorable manner. We are good stewards of the resources and talents entrusted to us.
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognizes exemplary American organizations and companies that demonstrate “a relentless effort for innovative solutions to complex challenges, visionary leadership and operational excellence.” The Baldrige Award is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that an American organization can receive.
In the Pittsburgh area, Massaro Construction Group and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) have won the MAAPE Excellence Awards. CORE went on to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Additional Baldrige winners include: AARP; Alamo college district; Federal express company; Henry Ford Health System; Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies; Lock head; Mary Greeley Medical Center; MEDRAD, LLC, Motorola Inc. (Government and Industry Solutions Sector); Merrill Lynch Credit Company; PricewaterCoopers Public Sector Practice; Wellstar Paulding Hospital; Westinghouse Electric Corporation Commercial Nuclear Fuel Division; Xerox Corporation products and business systems; and Federal Express Corporation.
A PRSD ceremony will be scheduled in early January for the acceptance of the prize. In addition, the PRSD will be recognized at the 16th annual MAAPE conference on January 27. Due to covid-19 concerns, the conference will be a virtual event. In addition to recognizing the Pine-Richland School District, the conference will feature keynote speakers who are Baldrige Award recipients. The district was invited to present.
In 2020 in the regional MAAPE program, Pine-Richland won the Mastery Award.