Lacey up for statewide award
by AZIZA JACKSON
Talladega County School Superintendent Suzanne Lacey is one of nine school superintendents around the state to be recognized as a finalist for the Alabama/Classworks 2013 Superintendent of the Year.

The School Superintendents of Alabama, or SSA, and Classworks, an SSA Premium Business Member, announced that all the finalists will be recognized at the SSA Fall Conference in Florence during a luncheon on Monday.

All superintendents will be interviewed Tuesday and one will be selected Wednesday.

“I’m honored to represent area six as superintendent,” Lacey said. “I’m looking forward to being honored with superintendents around the state and I’m honored to work with the Talladega County School System.”

Finalists include Superintendent Alan Lee from Baldwin County, Superintendent Daniel Boyd from Lowndes County, Superintendent Terry Holley from Covington County, Superintendent Jeff Langham from Elmore County, Superintendent Craig Witherspoon from Birmingham City, Superintendent Suzanne Lacey from Talladega County, Superintendent Jason Adkins from Walker County, Superintendent Charles W. (Billy) Coleman from Cullman County, and Superintendent Dale Edwards from Guntersville City.

When asked what the recognition would mean for the Talladega County School System, Lacey said, “I think it would be a great reflection of the school system and the collaborative work we’re doing and our vision, core purpose, and core activities we’re trying to provide for our students so they can perform above and beyond.

“For the past five years we have worked to put our students on the cutting edge and put an emphasis on professional development.”

The recipient of the 2013 Superintendent of the Year recognition will be presented with a plaque and honored at the Superintendent of the Year Luncheon sponsored by Classworks on Feb. 5, 2013 during SSA’s Legislative Conference in Montgomery.

Classworks will provide Alabama’s winner with a Superintendent of the Year ring and travel expenses to the American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education that will be held Feb. 21 to 23, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif.

At the national conference, Alabama’s winner will receive a bronze medallion with a plaque from AASA; each state’s winner will be recognized during the National Conference on Education where the national winner for 2013 will be announced.

State winners will also be included in the development of a national-perspective white paper on leadership in public schools.

Nominations for the award were submitted from each region of the state.

The state winner will be determined based on his or her career achievements and success in progressing public education.

SSA represents superintendents and school system leaders around the state, and is an affiliate of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, or CLAS, and the state affiliate for the American Association of School Administrators.

Contact Aziza Jackson at ajackson@dailyhome.com.

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