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West side superintendent candidate for National Superintendent of the Year

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Posted at 10:28 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 22:28:53-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The superintendent of MSD of Wayne Township is a finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Jeff Butts became superintendent for the west side school district on January 1, 2011.

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) will name the National Superintendent of the Year at its National Conference on Education on February 14.

The three other finalists are superintendents in school districts in Idaho, Texas, and Georgia.

Dr. Butts will travel to Washington, D.C. for final interviews next month.

“I am extremely humbled to be chosen as a finalist for this award,” said Dr. Butts. “This is a reflection of the support I receive every day from our amazing staff and community. I will be very proud to represent the MSD of Wayne Township and Indiana on this national stage, and to share the story of our many successes.”

Earlier this year, the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents named Dr. Butts its Indiana Superintendent of the Year.

During his time in MSD Wayne, Dr. Butts has facilitated strategies that resulted in a 34-percent increase in the district’s graduation rate, according to district spokeswoman Mary Lang.

READ | More than 90 percent of students from MSD Wayne graduated last year

“He has also overseen the development and opening of Indiana’s first public virtual high school, Achieve Virtual Education Academy,” said Lang. “He has collaborated with area colleges to provide more than 27,000 dual college credits each year for the district’s students. In addition, Dr. Butts led the district to the successful passage of a $66.5 million operating referendum designed to continue student supports and services.”

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