Sioux City Educator is Iowa Superintendent of the Year


Sioux City Educator is Iowa Superintendent of the Year

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Superintendent Paul Gausman of the Sioux City Community School District has been named the 2013-14 Iowa Superintendent of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

SAI Executive Director Dan Smith stated, “Paul Gausman has done an outstanding job of leading the Sioux City Schools to increased student achievement and higher graduation rates. While his major focus has been on improved student learning, he has also become one of Iowa’s most respected educational leaders through involvement in statewide organizations and improvement efforts.”

Gausman has been superintendent of the Sioux City district since 2008. He previously served as superintendent at West Central School District in Hartford, S.D., and he began his education career as a director of bands. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in music education, Gausman earned his master’s in educational administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha, his specialist’s in educational leadership from the University of Sioux Falls and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

“I’m humbled to receive this award and accept this honor on behalf of all of the students, staff members, parents and community members in Sioux City. I’m very proud of the work we have done together. I’m thankful to the School Administrators of Iowa, and I proudly accept this on behalf of the Sioux City Community School District,” Gausman expressed.

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

Gausman was nominated by his peers and selected for the award by a committee of Iowa superintendents. Administrator of the Year recipients will be honored at a governor’s awards ceremony in late spring and SAI’s awards reception next August. He will also represent Iowa in the National Superintendent of the Year Program, sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators.

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.