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State honors Douglas administrator

Second-generation Douglas school administrator Rommy Cronin-Mack was honored by the Nevada Association of School Boards.

Cronin-Mack received the state award for District Level Administrator of the Year Impacting Student Achievement, according to the school district.

Staff gathered at the district office in the historic Minden Elementary School to recognize her on Wednesday.

“I couldn’t do it without the team,” she said.

According to the nomination, Cronin Mack was instrumental in writing the district’s literacy plan.

She was key in developing Douglas Nevada Online, which allowed students whose parents were concerned about their children attending school online. The virtual school ended up being the second largest school in the county.

Cronin-Mack supervises the district’s alternative schools.

“Her work with students who face challenges helped the district see a need to create a position to help prevent dropouts,” according to the nomination.

She researched and designed the position for a dropout prevention specialist, who works with struggling students.

“The district has seen great improvement in our dropout rates since the creation of the position,” the nomination letter said. “Ms. Cronin-Mack is a behind the scenes administrator who is working on some great things to move our district forward and we feel she is very deserving of this award.”

Cronin-Mack grew up at Lake Tahoe and is a 1985 graduate of Whittell High School. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Santa Clara University, where she participated in the debate team.

It was there where she met future husband Marty Cronin, who was a law student.

She obtained her Nevada teaching credential from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1991 and came to work for the Douglas County School District that August. During her career she has served as a teacher and principal of Piñon Hills elementary School. She has served as executive director of education services since in 2013.

She is the daughter of former district Human Resources director George Mross, who worked for the district for 36 years.