Arizona Department of Education Honors Union Pacific

Omaha, Neb., April 28, 2006 – Union Pacific will be honored Monday, May 1, by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for its support of high school principals. The company will receive the ADE’s "Spotlight on Success" award in recognition of The Principals’ Partnership, a program that provides support to high school principals.

Jim Sims, Superintendent for UP’s Tucson Service Unit, will accept the ADE award on behalf of Union Pacific and The Principals’ Partnership at the ADE’s second annual Spotlight on Success Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. May 1 at the Tucson Sheraton Hotel & Suites.

The Principals’ Partnership is the signature charitable giving program of the Union Pacific Foundation. Under the program, Union Pacific provides an education consultant to work one-on-one with high school principals, on any issue identified by principals. The program also provides development opportunities for principals throughout the year, including an all-expenses-paid, professional summer conference. There is no cost to principals or school districts for any Principals’ Partnership activity.

Twenty-five principals from Arizona are enrolled in the program, representing the Nogales, Tucson Unified, Willcox and Yuma school districts.

"Union Pacific created The Principals’ Partnership because we believe strong leaders build strong schools," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific Foundation President and UP’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations. "Principals are the leaders in high schools and we want to support their commitment and dedication to provide an environment where quality learning can take place."

In 2006, Union Pacific expanded The Partnership to reach more than 1,000 principals and 21 states. It is estimated that The Partnership, through the participating principals, will affect approximately 71,000 teachers and 1 million students. Arizona principals joined the five-year-old program in 2004.

Angela Julien, principal of Rincon High School in Tucson, recommended Union Pacific for the "Spotlight on Success" award. The ADE selected UP as an honoree after an extensive review of The Principals’ Partnership program.

"The partnership with Union Pacific has allowed the high school principals in Tucson Unified School District to study cutting-edge research and network with excellent principals from across the United States," Julien said. "The Principals’ Partnership consultants have helped us create a strategic plan that will move TUSD high schools from good to great."

In addition to the Arizona Department of Education honor, The Principals’ Partnership has been recognized by state education associations in Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho, as well as the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

"Union Pacific has proven itself to be a great corporate citizen by partnering with school districts," said Tom Horne, Arizona Department of Education Superintendent.  "This is a great opportunity for integrating best practices and developing education leadership through the Union Pacific Principal Partnership program. It is in the best interest of employers to help students soar academically so that we can strengthen our nation's economy and develop a well-trained and highly educated workforce." 

2006 The Principals’ Partnership Schools - Arizona

   

Participating School

City

   

Nogales High School

Nogales

Santa Cruz Alternative High School

Nogales

Catalina Magnet High School

Tucson

Cholla Magnet High School

Tucson

Downtown Alternative High School

Tucson

Howenstine Magnet High School

Tucson

Mary Merideth School

Tucson

PACE Alternative High School

Tucson

Palo Verde Magnet High School

Tucson

PASS Alternative High School

Tucson

Project Moore

Tucson

Pueblo Magnet High School

Tucson

Rincon High School

Tucson

Sabino High School

Tucson

Sahuaro High School

Tucson

Santa Rita High School

Tucson

Teenage Parent Program

Tucson

Tucson Magnet High School

Tucson

University High School

Tucson

Cibola High School

Yuma

Kofa High School

Yuma

San Luis High School

Yuma

Yuma High School

Yuma

Vista School

Yuma

Willcox High School

Willcox


Union Pacific Foundation

Union Pacific Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Union Pacific Corporation. The Foundation has distributed funds since 1959 to qualified organizations in communities served by Union Pacific. The Foundation is not endowed, but is funded each year from the operating profits of Union Pacific Corporation. Much of the foundation’s philanthropic support is directed toward The Principals’ Partnership, its signature giving program. The Principals’ Partnership’s mission is "to enable and assist public high school principals in Union Pacific service regions meet their leadership needs." Nearly 1,000 principals with responsibilities for more than 1 million students in Union Pacific service regions now participate in The Principals’ Partnership.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

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