BENTON CITY -- Wayne Barrett -- the principal who in August pulled out a knife and threatened to cut a rosary off the neck of a Kiona-Benton City High School student -- was honored during a recent ceremony of school administrators.
The Association of Washington School Principals on Oct. 25 held its annual conference, during which it gave out Distinguished Principal awards to 22 high school principals from around the state.
One of the awards went to Barrett, who was disciplined by Ki-Be school officials and reprimanded by the Benton County prosecutor's office last month.
The honorees were chosen in March, said AWSP spokeswoman Linda Farmer. The announcement was made now to coincide with the group's fall conference, she said.
The award goes to principals who lead collaboratively with staff, students, parents and the community; develop new school leaders; use available technology to further school management and communication; and help students to be successful, Farmer said.
"Mr. Barrett was chosen as one of our Regional Principals of the Year on the merits of the work he has done at his school and in the community. His work in the area of student achievement, for example, is excellent. Mr. Barrett was chosen well before the incident in question, and our award stands on that merit," she said in an email to the Herald.
Other honored administrators from the Tri-Cities were Chris Chelin, principal of Kamiakin High School; Diana Burns, assistant principal of Horse Heaven Hills Middle School; and Paul Dann, principal of Marcus Whitman Elementary.
Elsewhere in the Mid-Columbia, Deanna Flores, principal of Housel Middle School in Prosser, and Aurora Garza, principal of Lutacaga Elementary in Othello, received awards.