Encinitas school district to be honored for health, wellness programs


The Encinitas Union School District will be honored by the National School Boards Association as a recipient of the 2015 Magna Award for its Health and Wellness Program.

The district was selected as a 2015 Magna Award winner in the 5,000-20,000 enrollment category by a panel of independent judges.

The Magna Awards is a national recognition program co-sponsored by American SchoolBoard Journal, the National School Boards Association, and Sodexo, that honors school board best practices and innovative programs that advance student learning. The Magna Awards panel of independent judges reviews programs that showcase school district leadership, creativity, and commitment to student achievement. Magna nominations are judged in three enrollment categories (under 5,000; 5,000-20,000; and over 20,000).

2015 Magna Winners are recognized in the American School Board Journal, published online at The Encinitas Union School District Health and Wellness Program is highlighted on page 48.

Superintendent Dr. Timothy Baird expressed his appreciation of the National School Boards Association’s recognition, saying, “EUSD’s commitment to the health and wellness of its students is evidenced by the success of the program.”

The district’s health and wellness program, through a generous grant from the Sonima Foundation, aims to support students through a variety of interconnected activities.

Recently, the district received a Golden Bell award for its Health and Wellness Program from the California School Boards Association and was named a National Green Ribbon School District by the U.S. Department of Education.