Tech-savvy supes receive awards

Winners of the 2005 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards were honored in a ceremony held in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators’ 137th annual conference Feb. 19.

At the Marriott Riverwalk hotel in San Antonio, the 10 winners and their guests were treated to lunch and received special commemorative plaques in their honor, thanks to the generous support of award sponsors Software Technology Inc. (STI) and Microsoft Corp.

The awards recognize the nation’s top K-12 executives for their leadership and vision in the area of educational technology. To be eligible, superintendents must be nominated by members of their staff or community, and the final recipients are chosen by the editors of eSchool News with help from their colleagues–last year’s winners.

The 2005 winners are:

  • Dennis Bruno, Glendale School District, Pennsylvania
  • Larry Buchanan, Grant Joint Union High School District, California
  • Cathy Burden, Union School District, Oklahoma
  • Art Conklin, Oakes Public Schools, North Dakota
  • Sharon Dodson, Henry County School District, Virginia
  • Bill Ferguson, Lower Kuskokwim School District, Alaska
  • Joe Hairston, Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
  • Stephen Hefner, Richland School District 2, South Carolina
  • John Krewer, Red Bank School District, New Jersey
  • Michael Riley, Bellevue School District, Washington

(For information about each winner’s ed-tech accomplishments, see the link below.)

After remarks by Robert Fiance, president and chief executive of STI, eSchool News Managing Editor Dennis Pierce discussed the qualities needed for successful school technology leadership today.

“It is because you exemplify these qualities, and many more, that you have been chosen as our Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winners for 2005,” Pierce said. “And I would add one final reason, too. You all lead by example, not only within your districts but by your words and actions on a state or national level. I urge you to continue to do so, to provide much-needed examples of school technology success for the rest of the nation to follow. & We’re proud to be able to highlight your successes, and we hope you’ll continue to do so, too.”

(For the full text of Pierce’s remarks, click here.)

 

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