Former Prosser Superintendent Ray Tolcacher, second from left, is joined by wife, Mrs. Ray Tolcacher, and, from left, Rep. Terry Nealy of Dayton, Rep Bill Jenkin of Prosser, Rep. Brad Klippert of Kennewick and Rep. Larry Haler of Richland.
As of Thursday, February 1, 2018
OLYMPIA The state House of Representatives recently adopted Rep. Bill Jenkin’s House Resolution recognizing Dr. Ray Tolcacher, former superintendent of the Prosser School District.
“Alongside my seatmate, Rep. Terry Nealey of Dayton, and my colleagues from the Eighth Legislative District, I had the distinct honor of recognizing a great man and friend, Dr. Ray Tolcacher,” Jenkin, R-Prosser, said.
“Ray is one of those highly regarded people in life that no matter how long you’ve known him, you wish he came into your life sooner than he did. He’s an inspiration. I appreciate his leadership on behalf of our students, teachers, and school districts throughout his career.”
Tolcacher served as president of the Association of California School Administrators, the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States.
He has held several leadership roles around Washington state, including president of the southeast Washington Association of School Administrators Region 123. He was three-time president of the Employee Relations and Negotiations Network and a member of the Washington Association of School Administrators School Information Research Cooperative Board.
Tolcacher was also the 2016-17 Washington State Administrator of the Year.
Further recognition for Tolcacher can be attributed to his work and advocacy on levy equalization, saving many school districts from financial hardship.
“Education policy is part of the foundation of the work we do in Olympia. We’ve made historic investments in K-12 education,” Jenkin said.
“It only seems fitting to recognize and honor a visionary leader who has spent his life’s work advocating for students and teachers.