Raj Manhas, Superintendent
Mr. Manhas was hired as Superintendent of North Thurston Public Schools in 2009. He came to Seattle from India in 1973 to pursue a Master's in Engineering from the University of Washington and went on to build a successful banking career before before moving into the public sector as Director of Operations for Seattle Public Utilities and eventually Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools.
Manhas believes that student learning should be at the center of all we do! Community engagement, supporting the whole child (social/emotional), a trusting and transparent work culture, accountability and using public resources efficiently are some of the strategic focus areas he helped establish during his tenure at North Thurston. He has also put a priority on community outreach by hosting bus tours, open houses and meetings with various organizations -- from places of worship and retirement communities to service clubs and business groups.
During his tenure at NTPS, the district has seen a significant increase in graduation rates and student achievement, specifically in math and science. With a district-wide systems focus on Positive Behavior Intervention Systems, schools have also witnessed a drastic decrease in office referrals and gained back classroom learning time. Manhas worked with staff to maximize resources to classrooms and kids, and increased the operating fund balance during tough economic times.
In 2016 local voters gave a historical 68% approval to Prop. 1 -- a $175 million bond measure for neighborhood school improvements, and safety and technology upgrades. This included the construction of the new Salish Middle School, and major renovations of Evergreen Forest Elementary, Pleasant Glade Elementary and North Thurston High School. NTPS also passed 3 successful Maintenance and Operations Levies in 2010, 2012 and 2016.
Manhas is active in the community as a former board member of the Thurston Chamber of Commerce, and received the 2014 Distinguished Leader Award from Leadership Thurston County. He is also a member of Lacey Rotary and Lacey South Sound Chamber, and a member of the Community Ministry Board for Providence St. Peter Hospital.
The parents of two adult children, Raj and his wife Rana live in Jubilee. "Lacey is a beautiful, safe and vibrant community. The people here really care about public education and the success of all our students," Manhas said. "It's a wonderful place to live and call home!"
To invite Mr. Manhas to a public or community meeting this year, contact Exec. Asst. Carmen Barriga at (360) 412-4413.
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