Blaine Hess, a native of Clendenin, West Virginia, has served as Superintendent of Jackson County Schools since 2006. Mr. Hess earned his B.A. in Music Education from Alderson-Broaddus College and his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Marshall University Graduate College.
During his tenure as Superintendent for Jackson County Schools, he has implemented significant measures to improve student achievement and improve the facilities used by students. Under Mr. Hess’ leadership, a county-wide Literacy Initiative was launched which has resulted in significant growth in student achievement.
Past AASA West Virginia Superintendent of the Year Winners:
2020 West Virginia Superintendent of the Year: Robin Daquilante
2019 West Virginia Superintendent of the Year: Gary Price
About the Superintendent of the Year:
As a sponsor of the superintendent of the Year program, First Student wants to recognize these leaders in a special way this year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption that has affected all education systems but also the innovative approaches that the superintendents and school districts addressed through radio, television, zoom and take-home packages. These superintendents are the very best in public education and are needed more than ever during this crisis.
About the Award:
The superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, The School superintendents Association, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.
State level winners are selected on the following criteria:
- Leadership for Learning
- Community Involvement