“Our greatest challenge is to ensure that engaged learning through nurturing instruction happens every day in every classroom.”
The Alpine School District Board of Education announces the retirement of Superintendent Vernon M. Henshaw. During his 38 years of service in public education, Dr. Henshaw taught social studies at Lehi High School and filled many administrative positions; specifically, assistant principal at Provo High School and principal of American Fork and Timpanogos high schools, and assistant superintendent of 10-12 schools, before serving as superintendent of schools, where he has led Alpine School District through growth, transition, and academic improvement for 15 years. Dr. Henshaw’s retirement date is July 31, 2015.
Whenever asked about the greatest challenge Alpine School District faces, Superintendent Henshaw replies,“Our greatest challenge is to ensure that engaged learning through nurturing instruction happens every day in every classroom.”
Dr. Henshaw has left an indelible mark on Alpine School District. His innovation and leadership have propelled the District into the 21st century as a model of how public education can successfully serve the needs of each student. His record of accomplishments is impressive. Yet the most significant legacy he will leave is the positive and personal connections he made with employees, parents and students. District leaders, administrators and employees have experienced high levels of positive morale and employee satisfaction throughout Dr. Henshaw’s tenure. He has a reputation for treating everyone with dignity and respect. In return, he has earned respect and admiration.
Some of the District’s most noteworthy milestones under Henshaw’s leadership include:
- Steady improvement in end-of-level test scores in language arts, science and math while managing student enrollment increasing from 47,000 to over 73,000 students
- Completed over $640 million in building projects while successfully passing bonds in 2001 ($200M), 2006 ($230M), and 2011 ($210M)
- Graduation rates climbed from 73% in 2008 to 90% in 2014
- Awarded Utah’s Superintendent of the Year in 2008
In a letter sent to all district staff members, Dr. Henshaw wrote:
“I consider you not only my colleagues, but also friends, and feel grateful for having worked with such a remarkable team of committed professional and compassionate individuals. My years in the District have been filled with opportunities and growth, which have blessed my family and me beyond expectations. Thank you for making this journey so meaningful and memorable.”