Idaho Principals Honor Union Pacific

Omaha, Neb., January 17, 2006 – During a ceremony here yesterday, the Idaho Association of Secondary School Principals (IASSP) honored Union Pacific with its Distinguished Service Award for The Principals’ Partnership, a program that provides support to high school principals.

"Union Pacific created The Principals’ Partnership because we believe strong leaders build strong schools," said Charlie Clark, special representative for Union Pacific Railroad who accepted the award from IASSP. "Principals are the leaders in high schools and we want to support their commitment and dedication to providing an environment where quality learning can take place."

The Principals’ Partnership began in 2002 and will have 1,000 principals from UP’s 23-state service territory in the program by year-end 2006. Idaho principals joined the program in 2003. Currently 48 Idaho principals are enrolled in the program, from the following schools: Montpelier, Blackfoot, Boise, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Kuna, Sandpoint, Clark Fork, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Plummer, Pocatello, Preston, Shelley, Soda Springs and Weiser.

"We are pleased and honored that Union Pacific chose Idaho principals to participate in The Principals’ Partnership program," said Vikki Reynolds, associate director of the IASSP. "They provide quality development for the principals, and a long-term commitment to do so. All of our principals are very impressed with the activities and resources available through The Principals’ Partnership."

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 the high school principal, on any issue identified by the principal. The program also provides development opportunities for principals throughout the year, including an all-expenses-paid, professional summer conference. There is no cost to the principal or the school district for any Principals’ Partnership activity.

In addition to the Idaho award, The Principals’ Partnership has been recognized by state education associations in Wyoming and Utah, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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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