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James Sutfin

Dr. Jim Sutfin became superintendent for Millard Public Schools in the fall of 2014. Currently, he serves as the leader of a district of 35 schools with more nearly 24,000 students and more than 3,000 teachers and staff members. Previously, he served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the district. He has also filled the roles of principal, assistant principal, science department head and science teacher.

Jim began his teaching career in Bellevue in 1989 and has been with Millard since 1995. His leadership has focused on finding wide ranging solutions to school and community challenges. Dr. Sutfin led the successful implementation of a 1:1 learning initiative that spans grades K-12. and implemented the first Early College Program in Nebraska where high school students can earn their high school diploma and associate of arts degree simultaneously.

Past AASA Nebraska Superintendent of the Year Winners:

2020 Nebraska Superintendent of the Year: Mark Adler

2019 Nebraska Superintendent of the Year: Michael Teahon

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
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Community Involvement

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