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Career Academy expansion

Sioux City Community School District Superintendent Paul Gausman, left, talks about space the district acquired downtown to expand its Career Academy's Career Pathways courses in a Jan. 4 file photo. Gausman was named one of three finalists for National Superintendent of the Year, as awarded by the National Association of School Superintendents.

Tim Hynds Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY -- Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City School District, has been named one of three finalists for a national superintendent of the year award.

"Paul is a remarkable student advocate and a true role model for teachers and leaders," Sonny Da Marto, associate executive director of the National Association of School Superintendents, said in a news release Thursday.

Kevin Fitzgerald of the Caesar Rodney School District in Wyoming, Delaware, was selected as the NASS' Superintendent of the Year. The third finalist was Ernest Rose, superintendent of the Maricopa County Regional School District in Phoenix.

Gausman, who has served as superintendent of Sioux City's public school district since in 2008, attributed the national recognition to the hard work performed by Sioux City School Board members, nearly 2,000 district staff members and more than 14,000 students.

"I am honored to be a part of the team that has placed progressive and student-centered programs at the heart of the Sioux City School District and in service to our community," Gausman said in a news release.

The NASS noted Gausman has worked in collaboration to help the district achieve national honors such as being named one of the 100 original Future Ready districts nationally.including being earmarked as a Digital Equity Program, a Next Generation High School district by the U.S. Department of Education and White House. The district also has implemented progressive programs through Specialty Elementary Schools, as well as middle school STEM-focused exploratory offering and Career Academy high school offerings, and has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation.

Gausman "has guided strategic efforts to improve academic achievement and graduation rates, strengthen student access to technology and implement programs to prevent school-based bullying," Da Marto said.

In 2013, Gausman was named Iowa Superintendent of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa. Before coming to Sioux City, he served as superintendent of the West Central School District in Hartford, South Dakota, for three years.

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