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Mark Gruen
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Mark Gruen

Mark Gruen is a Royall High School graduate. He has a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and 25+ years of administrative work, starting my 13th as a District Administrator.

Mark has taken on numerous roles in his small rural school district from rotating ice cub trays so there was ice for the athletes and coaching youth sports when no one else volunteers. When Mark joined Royall, the graduation rate was under 80%.

Proudly, they are at 100% graduation rate for the past 7 years and have earned many academic awards

Past AASA Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year Winners:

2020 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year: Aaron Sadoff

2019 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year: Robert Mayfield 

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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