According to MASA, the honor is given to an outstanding New Missouri Superintendent from each MASA district in recognition of outstanding performances in the demonstration of those skills that reflect the best in educational leadership.
With each MASA district having the opportunity to nominate a candidate for the award, the southeast district has named Chris Wilson with the honor.
"It's a great honor," Wilson said, "When you're recognized by your peers and the people that you work with. It's something that hopefully, the district can be proud of, as well. It takes a very strong administrative team."
MASA's requirements for the award include being a practicing superintendent in their second or third year of employment as superintendent; having never served as a superintendent of schools in another state; must have made a measurable contribution to the school district that they serve as a new superintendent of schools as verified by one or more practicing superintendents from their MASA district.; and finally the honoree must be a member of MASA at the time of the nomination. Wilson meets all of these requirements.
"It's not an individual award as much, I feel, as everybody around that helped me get where I am," Wilson said.
Wilson first arrived at the Kennett School District No. 39, as the assistant principal at South Elementary School in 2001. He then worked his way up the ladder of the administration with the district, serving as the assistant principal at Kennett High School, and assistant superintendent for his predecessor, Jerry Noble.
As a superintendent, Wilson said that he tries to improve the district each day.
"As a goal as the superintendent, I want Kennett School District to be the top, academically, athletically and community wise."
Wilson will be honored at an awards banquet during the MASA Spring Conference, which will be held in March. This is also where an overall MASA New Superintendent Award will be awarded, which will be chosen from all of the region's selected superintendents.