Northwest ISD Superintendent Karen Rue received a thumbs-up from the school board last week when trustees voted unanimously to increase her salary by 3 percent.
But the praise and recognition didn’t stop there.
Monday, the district announced its leader had been named the Education Service Center Region 11’s Superintendent of the Year.
“I am truly honored,” Rue said. “The NISD board of trustees is a visionary team. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by a hardworking school board, dedicated staff members and talented students.
“I share this recognition with the students and staff in Northwest ISD – a district that believes in putting kids first.”
Rue was nominated by the NISD board for her strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance and commitment to public involvement in education.
Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the Superintendent of the Year program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984.
Rue is one of 20 regional winners across the state.
She has served as superintendent of schools in Northwest ISD since 2005 and is leading a transformational change in education at NISD and Texas to ensure all students are prepared for the digital age in which we live.
In her tenure at NISD, Dr. Rue has managed three successful bond elections and led district initiatives such as Community-Based Accountability, the expansion of NISD academies, development of the district’s Outdoor Learning Center and a student tablet and netbook deployment.
Currently, she is president-elect of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), is vice president of the South Central States for Urban Superintendents Association of America (USAA) and serves on the executive committee for the Texas School Coalition.
ESC Region 11 serves 77 school districts and 55 charter schools in north central Texas.
This was a unique year for the award because a record number of women superintendents were nominated. Of the 77 traditional school districts in the region, 11 have female superintendents at the helm (14 percent). For the first time, the majority of candidates for the Region 11 award were female (80 percent).
The state committee will interview regional winners in Austin on Aug. 22 and 23 and select five finalists.
The Superintendent of the Year will be announced Sept. 26 at the TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas.