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Dr. Jeff Cottrill, Knippa Superintendent

Education Service Center, Region 20 received nominations from three districts for the annual Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards. Since 1984, the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership. Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their school districts, commitment to public support and involvement in education, and ability to build strong employee relationships among teachers and staff members.

Regional nominations were received from Alamo Heights ISD, Knippa ISD and Southwest ISD. The Regional Screening Committee selected Dr. Jeff Cottrill, superintendent, Knippa ISD, as its 2014 ESC-20 Regional Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Cottrill has been the superintendent of Knippa ISD for four years. Under his leadership, the district has grown in enrollment by 73%, Knippa Collegiate, an Early College High School, has been initiated, and nearly $5 million in construction upgrades have taken place. In addition to these very tangible changes, the student success rates and overall district performance is at previously unimaginable heights with KISD outperforming 97% of districts in Texas.

Dr. Cottrill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Centre College in Danville, KY, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Louisville, a Master of Education in Education from the University Of Texas at Tyler and a Doctor of Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belton.

Dr. Cottrill’s nomination has been forwarded to the TASB State Selection Committee for the statewide competition. The presentation of the Superintendent of the Year award will take place at the 2014 TASA/TASB Annual Convention in September.

“When you have a great board, great staff, great students, and dedicated families, amazing success is attained in schools,” said Cottrill. “This honor speaks not to my personal success, but rather to the success achieved by all stakeholders in the Knippa ISD.

“I am blessed to serve as the Knippa ISD superintendent and grateful to the Educational Service Center Region 20 for celebrating the success that all members of this great district secure day in and day out,” the superintendent added.




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