Mason County Superintendent Tim Moore has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky School Boards Association.
According to KSBA officials, in the Mason County school district, it is said that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. With that belief in mind, every student receives a home visit from the district before the school year even begins.
The "Connections" program, along with student focus groups and certified and classified advisory committees are the cornerstones of Moore's emphasis on communication that have helped increase student achievement, improve the district's financial standing and create partnerships with the community, according to KSBA officials.
These are just a few of the reasons Moore was selected as the 2009 Dupree Outstanding Superintendent Award winner, according to the organization. The award, announced during the Kentucky School Board Association's 73rd annual conference Saturday in Louisville, is presented by the family of the late F.L. Dupree Sr., a Lexington businessman and a lifelong supporter of Kentucky's public schools. It recognizes exceptional leadership in educational programs, finance and student, staff and community relations. Honorees are chosen by a panel of past recipients.
Moore took over the reins in Mason County in 1997 and a year later had to lead the district back from a $500,000 court judgment that left it with a negative general fund balance. In her nomination of Moore, school board Chairman Ann Porter wrote that he asked district personnel to create opportunities from obstacles. The plan was effective and by 2008, the general fund balance was just over $4 million.
"This has been achieved as school and program personnel justify spending based on needs assessment, priorities of schools relating to student achievement while simultaneously upgrading technology and school facilities," Porter wrote.
Porter cited Moore's changes in hiring practices as one of the reasons the district's academic index has seen steady growth and has met all No Child Left Behind goals. Moore has also fostered better relationships with students and faculty and staff, asking for their input to identify areas of concern and for ways to solve problems, officials said.
"In monthly meetings with school representatives from every job classification, updates are shared, ideas solicited, and problems with possible solutions are developed," Porter wrote. "These individuals become ambassadors in their respective schools about concerns, initiatives, and changes impacting professional lives."
Moore, along with the school board and fellow administrators, strive for "in-the-moment" recognition for staff members, Porter said. KSBA officials commented on board meetings being also held at each district school, providing an opportunity to interact with staff and students "as they are publicly recognized for quality work and achievement."
Porter said Moore considers every Mason County employee a public relations agent for the district.
"Customer service has been a major focus of the district with all staff members being trained … in creating welcoming schools," Porter wrote.
"The district is constantly seeking opportunities to invite the public into the schools and to share a message about students, staff and their efforts."
As a result, Mason County volunteer hours have increased dramatically, with 52,000 hours documented in 2007.
Attempts to reach Moore for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday.
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