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Sanger school board nominates Crutsinger for award

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

The Sanger school board this week passed a resolution to nominate Kent Crutsinger for the superintendent of the year award.

The board has until May 15 to submit its nomination packet to the Region XI Education Service Center in Fort Worth. According to a Region XI official, the region’s top superintendent will be announced by the end of June. Region winners will go on to compete for the state superintendent of the year award, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, which will be announced Sept. 28 at the Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB Convention in Dallas.

According to the resolution passed April 8, the school board is nominating Crutsinger for the award for his “exemplary and visionary leadership toward improving student performance” in Sanger schools.

“He is an excellent leader,” said Cristy Koonce, school board president. “He is a team player, just an excellent overall leader in areas of management, fiscal management. He cares about the district.”

Crutsinger has served as superintendent for Sanger schools since 2010. Under his leadership, the district closed the 2011-12 school year with an additional $668,124 in its general fund reserves. The district added nearly $257,000 to the reserves the year before.

It has seen increased enrollment and initiated a technology campaign that will expand the district’s wireless infrastructure and provide laptops — and in some cases electronic tablets — for district staff, officials and students.

In January 2012, the school board extended Crutsinger’s contract and gave him a $17,000 raise as a result of his work in preparing district budgets, his effective communication with the board and community, and his leadership on energy conservation. At the time, the district had saved more than $300,000 over the last year in utility costs. With the money saved from the energy conservation campaign, the district funded its technology initiative.

Crutsinger said having the board nominate him for the award was both an honor and a surprise.

“I did not know that was coming,” he said. “Anything like that is a team effort. It’s not about me. It’s about a team effort.”

According to TASB, individuals nominated for superintendent of the year must have served three consecutive years with their current school district, be a TASA member, meet educator certification requirements and be an active superintendent at the the time of the TASA/TASB Convention in September.

“I think it was the perfect time to nominate him,” Koonce said. “After looking through all of the qualifications, he hits so many. With him being here three years, he’s been able to fulfill so many of those criteria.”

The person named superintendent of the year will receive a $5,000 award.

According to TASB, winners are selected for their leadership in the areas of student performance; administration and school climate; school board-superintendent relations; school improvement; fiscal, instructional, student and personnel management; and school-community relations.

Since 1984, TASB has given the superintendent of the year award to recognize district administrators for excellence and achievement in public school leadership.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.