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. He then built a successful banking career before moving into the public sector as Director of Operations for Seattle Public Utilities and then Chief Operations Officer and Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools.
Manhas believes that student learning should be at the center of all we do in North Thurston Public Schools. 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. He has also worked with staff to maximize resources to the classroom and increase our fund balance during tough economic times.
The district is growing and this fall the district saw a historical 68 percent approval by local voters of Prop. 1 -- a $175 million bond measure for neighborhood school improvements, and safety and technology upgrades. We also passed two successful Maintenance and Operations Levies in 2010 and 2012.
Manhas is active in the community as a former board member of the Thurston Chamber of Commerce, and recently received the 2014 Distinguished Leader Award from Leadership Thurston County. He is also a member of Lacey Rotary and Lacey Chamber, and a newly appointed member of the distinguished Community Ministry Board for Providence St. Peter Hospital.
The parents of two adult children, Raj and his wife Rana live in the North Thurston district. "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!"
To invite Mr. Manhas to a public or community meeting this year, contact Exec. Asst. Carmen Barriga at (360) 412-4413.
Last Modified on August 23, 2015