The Northwest school district’s superintendent Karen Rue has added another honor to her list of accolades.
Rue has been named the Superintendent of the Year for Region 11.
The regional honor has put Rue in the running to become the Texas Association of School Boards Superintendent of the Year. The state winner will be announced in September. She is one of 20 regional winners in the state. Region 11 serves 77 school districts and 55 charter schools in the north central Texas area.
"I am truly honored," said Rue, who has led the fast-growing Northwest school district since 2005. "The NISD Board of Trustees is a visionary team. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by a hardworking school board, dedicated staff members and talented students. I share this recognition with the students and staff in Northwest ISD – a district that believes in putting kids first."
Northwest Trustees nominated Rue for the honor, citing her strong leadership skills, her dedication to improving educational quality and her ability to build effective employee relations.
Other factors included the district’s student performance and demonstrated commitment to public involvement in education.
This regional honor comes on the heels of Rue in late June receiving a 3-percent pay increase that boosts her annual base salary to $259,708 per year. Her contract runs through 2018. Northwest School Board President Josh Wright praised Rue as an exceptional leader.
"NISD is blessed to have the leadership of Dr. Rue," Wright said.
This isn’t the first honor for Rue. In 2012, she received the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award honoring the most outstanding superintendent in the North Texas region.
Rue has managed the district during its most rapid period of growth and overseen the successful passage of three bond election.
Northwest, which boasts an enrollment of more than 19,000 students, will open its third comprehensive high school in 2015 and continues to expand academic programs tailored to students varying interests through its academy programs and its Steele Accelerated High School.