Mike Haluska
Mike Haluska

Decorah Superintendent Mike Haluska was one of three finalists for this year's School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) superintendent of the year award.

"It is a tremendous honor, when you figure there is something like 340 districts this year," said Decorah School Board President Ron Fadness at Monday's Board meeting.

The award went to Paul Gausman from Sioux City. Gausman was nominated by his peers and selected for the award by a committee of Iowa superintendents.

The Superintendent of the Year is chosen based on the Iowa Standards for School Leaders. This set of knowledge and skills focuses on the ability of a leader to promote the success of all students with:

• His/her shared vision of learning

• The presence of a school culture and instructional program favorable to student learning and staff professional development

• A safe, efficient and effective learning environment

• His/her work with parents and the community

• fairness, integrity and ethics

• An understanding of the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

Administrator of the Year recipients will be honored at a governor's awards ceremony in late spring and SAI's awards reception next August.

SAI, a statewide organization founded in 1987, represents more than 1,800 Iowa educational administrators. SAI's mission is to support, encourage and develop Iowa's educational leaders and learners.