Berry Named 2013 Kansas Superintendent of the Year

Oct. 29, 2012 ~ The Kansas School Superintendents' Association has selected Olathe Superintendent Marlin Berry as the 2013 Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

Superintendent Marlin BerryCandidates for superintendent of the year are assessed according to their professionalism, communication, community involvement and leadership in meeting the needs of students. As Kansas Superintendent of the Year, Berry will be recognized at the KSSA Awards and Recognition breakfast during the USA|Kansas annual convention in January, and will go on to compete in the National Superintendent of the Year program. In addition, KSSA provides a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior selected by the Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

"The recognition is purely a reflection of a very good school district with great teachers, administrators and support staff along with a very fine Board of Education. I'm humbled to be honored with a state full of very good superintendents who work each day to help educate the kids of Kansas," Berry said.

Berry has served Olathe Public Schools since 2007; he first served as assistant superintendent and was then selected to serve as superintendent in 2010. Before coming to Olathe, Berry served as the superintendent in Smoky Valley Public Schools and Abilene Public Schools. Before being a district-level administrator, Berry was high school principal in both the Lindsborg and Gardner Edgerton school districts.

Amy Martin, Olathe Board of Education president, was pleased to hear the news.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Dr. Berry has been recognized with this honor," she said. "He is an exceptional leader who truly puts the needs of students first. We as a board stand behind him and are happy to see him recognized for his dedication to the students and staff of the Olathe Public Schools."

Superintendent Berry is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Kansas School Superintendents' Association, and the United School Administrators of Kansas. He also is a member of the Mid-States Benchmarking Consortium and the Kauffman Kansas-Missouri Superintendents' Forum.

In addition to his educational leadership, Berry is active in various community and civic organizations, serving on the Olathe Economic Development Board, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Johnson County Business Leaders Council and the Johnson County Juvenile Justice Authority Board.

Berry has deep roots in Kansas. Following his graduation from Topeka West High School, he earned his Bachelor's Degree and Ed.D. in Education Policy and Administration at the University of Kansas. Berry received his M.S. in Education Administration from Emporia State University. Emporia State University presented Berry with the Outstanding Graduate Award while serving Smoky Valley Public Schools.

"Dr. Berry is a strong representative of the many fine superintendents in Kansas," Don Wells, KSSA executive director, said. "Marlin continues to show his leadership style of thoughtful action for the betterment of each child in his district and his advocacy for all children of Kansas."

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker congratulated Berry on his selection as Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

"Dr. Berry has provided strong and focused leadership to the Olathe school district and has been an advocate for students across Kansas," DeBacker said. "Dr. Berry is most deserving of this recognition."

Berry will represent Kansas at the American Association of School Administrators' National Conference on Education in February in Los Angeles and will be considered for the National Superintendent of the Year program.

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