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PR Earns Award for Performance Excellence

MAAPE Award Pine-Richland School District was one of only five organizations to receive The Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Award for 2020. The five organizations receiving a 2020 MAAPE Award include:

  • Eden Autism – Princeton, NJ (education)
  • Highmark Health IT – Pittsburgh, PA (service)
  • Penn Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology – Philadelphia, PA (healthcare)
  • Pine-Richland School District – Gibsonia, PA (education)
  • UPMC Western Maryland – Cumberland, MD (healthcare)

MAAPE, a 501(c)3 organization serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, is focused on helping organizations achieve improved levels of performance by identifying and recognizing role-model organizations and sharing their best practices and strategies.  MAAPE is one of 31 state and regional Baldrige-based award programs across the country. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognizes exemplary U.S. organizations and businesses that demonstrate an “unceasing drive for innovative solutions to complex challenges, visionary leadership, and operational excellence.” The Baldrige Award is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

MAAPE applicants, including Pine-Richland, were evaluated in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Criteria: leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations; and results. 

“The pursuit of excellence is a major category within the Pine-Richland Strategic Plan. It is grounded in the continuous improvement mindset. By participating in MAAPE, we are able to gain insight into strengths and opportunities for improvement,” said Dr. Brian R. Miller, PRSD superintendent. “Although the recognition is an important reflection of our district, commitment to the journey of organizational growth is the most critical part. Through these efforts, we are better positioned to achieve our mission for students and families.” 

Awardees, including Pine-Richland, will be recognized at MAAPE’s 15th Annual Conference on November 12, 2020. Due to covid-19 concerns, this year’s conference will be a half-day virtual event. In addition to recognizing the 2020 MAAPE award recipients, the conference will feature keynotes from three of the 2019 National Baldrige Award recipients. For more information about the conference, visit

PRSD is located in the most northern portion of Allegheny County, PA, and serves approximately 4,600 students K-12 through 500+ staff in a community of approximately 23,268 residents. Comprised of the Township of Pine and Richland Township, the school district covers 31.4 square miles. The district has seen significant and continuous residential growth since the early 1990s as evidenced by an 84% increase in combined township population since the 1990 census. PRSD is noted for having a strong academic reputation, a community that values the importance of education, a wide range of educational programs, and first-rate facilities. Pine-Richland is also known for diverse opportunities in the arts, athletics, and other co- and extracurricular activities.