Monte C. Moses, the superintendent of the Cherry Creek school district in Colorado, is the 2005 National Superintendent of the Year.
He accepted the award at the American Association of School Administrators’ annual conference in San Antonio on Feb. 18.
Mr. Moses, 49, has led the Cherry Creek schools, located in Greenwood Village, Colo., a first-ring suburb of Denver, since 1999. He previously served as the district’s deputy superintendent for eight years.
The district is the state’s third-largest public school system, with 55 schools and 46,000 students. During Mr. Moses’ tenure, the enrollment has increased by more than 1,000 students annually.
Mr. Moses said he is proud of the fact that academic achievement has remained strong in the district, despite its rapid growth. He credits the district’s strong academics to the high standards its students are expected to meet and the college-bound curriculum its high schools use.
“Schools should prepare every students for college, and it is their choice whether or not they go,” Mr. Moses said in an interview last week.
As the Superintendent of the Year, Mr. Moses will receive a $2,000 savings bond, and a $10,000 scholarship will be presented to a senior at the high school from which he graduated, the 1,800-student Nacogdoches High School in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The AASA—a 13,000-member professional organization based in Arlington, Va., for superintendents and district-level administrators—sponsors the award in partnership with Philadelphia-based Aramark ServiceMaster Facility Services, a food, facility and student uniform service provider for more than 650 school districts nationwide.
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A version of this article appeared in the March 02, 2005 edition of Education Week