By NANCY COVERT
Dr. Art Himmler, Superintendent of Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1, has received a pair of noteworthy honors recently.
This past month, he received the Washington Music Educators “Friend of Music” award. The award was presented at the Feb. 17 Music Educators Conference in Yakima.
“Dr. Himmler has supported us and given us the opportunity to succeed,” said SHSD music teacher Bruce Folmer .
“He has allowed us (Folmer and Rachael Welde, choral director) the potential to expand our programs. The award is our small way of saying thanks. Rachael and I have been able to accomplish so much thanks to this support.”
Steilacoom Historical School District is one of 22 music regions in the state, Mr. Folmer added.
“Our is the Mountain Region.” The region includes Bethel, University Place, Clover Park, and Franklin-Pierce school districts.
Dr. Himmler also has been elected to the Executive Board of the Washington Schools Risk Management Pool (WSMRP). His election was announced at the WSMRP’s annual meeting.
WSMRP is not an insurance company. Instead, it is a group of more than 75 school districts, educational service districts and school district interlocals in Washington State that have joined together to prevent, control and pay for liability and property risks.
Because the group is member controlled, coverage is tailored not only to schools in Washington State, but also to its particular membership. Pool staff makes coverage decisions, and those decisions can be appealed to the Executive Board, which is elected by the membership.
Dr. Himmler is the longest-serving member of the WSRMP Board of Trustees, having been re-elected by his peers six times, each for three-year terms.
WSMRP was created as a result of a hard insurance market in 1986. Since then members have built a surplus contingency fund to insulate themselves against the next hard insurance market. With more than 21 years’ experience, solid financial strength and membership stability, the Pool has grown to be a proven leader in self-insured pooling.