Wichita superintendent a finalist for national award

John Allison speaks in February.
John Allison speaks in February. File photo

Wichita superintendent John Allison has been named one of nine finalists for the Council of Great City Schools Green-Garner Award for outstanding leadership of a large urban school system.

The Green-Garner Award, named in memory of school leaders Richard R. Green and Edward Garner, is the nation’s top prize for urban school leadership. It honors superintendents who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, improving student achievement, improving public confidence in the school district and professionalism.

Allison, who became superintendent of the state’s largest district in 2009, also was a finalist for the award in 2012.

“This is a great honor, but it’s not a superintendent award, it looks at the work of the district and our staff and the achievements they have made,” Allison said in a statement posted on the district’s website.

“I’m fortunate to work with dedicated teachers and staff that do what’s best for our students each and every day.”

The finalists will be recognized at a banquet Thursday in Miami. The winner will be announced during the banquet.

Allison also is one of three finalists for the 2017 Kansas School Superintendents Association’s Superintendent of the Year.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: 316-268-6567, @suzannetobias