BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters received the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award in the large size school district category at the Washington Association of School Administrators Summer Conference, which was held virtually this year. The large school district category features districts with more than 2,000 students. A $10,500 award was equally divided among one winner each in small and medium-sized school categories. “Denny is very deserving of this award,” said Angela Allen, Battle Ground Public Schools’ director of instructional leadership for secondary and alternative schools, who nominated Waters for the award. “He has worked tirelessly to bring our district closer together under common coherence goals to make sure that we are all working together to create the best learning experiences for our students.” Established in 2002, the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award recognizes outstanding Washington public school administrators. Superintendents, central office administrators or building administrators are eligible for the award, which may be used for personal or professional growth or to support and disseminate information about a successful school or district program. A peer committee selects the recipients from nominations that describe how each nominee is taking part in realizing the nine characteristics of high-performing schools or districts as defined by research from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.