Former Lawrence school Supt. Dan Neuenswander has been named Kansas' Superintendent of the Year.
Neuenswander, who left Lawrence for Pittsburg in 1992, now is a candidate for National Superintendent of the Year. He will receive the Kansas award in January during a meeting of the Kansas Association of School Administrators in Wichita.
"I was honored just to be nominated," Neuenswander said, who was Lawrence superintendent for eight years. "And I guess I hold my colleagues in such high esteem that I understand what people mean when they say they're humbled for being selected."
Mike Lowe, West Junior High School principal, wrote a letter of support for Neuenswander's nomination.
"Dan believes in people," Lowe wrote. "He challenges them, supports them and brings out the best in them. But he always keeps everyone focused on the mission -- that all kids can learn and learn well."
Neuenswander said although he's enjoyed the challenges he's faced in Pittsburg, he misses some aspects of the Lawrence school system.
"I miss the people I had an opportunity to work with," he said.