Frank Larby has been named middle school principal of the year by the Arizona School Administrators Association.
Larby, who has been principal of Rim Country Middle School for four years, was notified two weeks ago that he was chosen for the honor.
"Obviously I'm very pleased," Larby said. "It entails an application process, letters of recommendation, and it takes into consideration your work at the professional level and things that you've done in your schools."
Payson Unified School District Superintendent Herb Weissenfels announced the award at the school board meeting last week.
"It's a great honor that he is part of our district," Weissenfels said.
Larby has been active in the association for eight years, serving as the regional representative for Gila and Pinal counties. He is currently president-elect for the middle schools division.
Larby has been commended for his advocacy of technology at RCMS, including the development of a popular website for parents, students and teachers.
He also manages a website for the middle schools division of the association.
"We're the only separate division that has a website to post articles and information for administrators," he said.
Larby will be honored at the association's fall conference in October. Then in January 2004, he will be recognized in Washington, D.C. along with the winners from other states.
"I'm very pleased to represent Payson and Arizona in this way," Larby said.
The awards program is sponsored by Metropolitan Life.