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Silva To Receive Award

Sonora, CA – Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools, Joe Silva has been selected by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) as this year’s recipient of the Ferd J. Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award.

The award recognizes the significant impact the recipient has had on public education over a wide geographical area and its impact on significant segments of public education.

The Tuolumne County Charter of the Association of California School Administrators says that Silva, “nearly single-handedly made a unique, lasting and significant contribution in lobbying for the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools Communities Act.”

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Also noted was Silva’s program to eliminate childhood obesity in Tuolumne County. According to the Tuolumne County Charter of ACSA, “Silva made it clear to the team…he doesn’t want to reduce childhood obesity, he wants eliminate childhood obesity in Tuolumne County.”

The Tuolumne charter group reports that Silva has gathered the support of some of the largest employers, including the Sonora Regional Medical Center. The program includes a nurse, fitness specialist, and teachers promoting healthy eating habits and physical fitness targeting grades 5 and 7.

Silva will be recognized at an official ceremony hosted by the State ACSA in November.

The award is highest honor ACSA gives, made in the memory of Ferd J. Kiesel, ACSA’s founding president.