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El Centro's Klentschy named Superintendent of the Year

March 08, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

Michael Klentschy, superintendent of the El Centro Elementary School District, has been named Superintendent of the Year for Imperial and San Diego counties by the Association of California School Administrators.

Klentschy was selected by a committee that reviewed nominations from both counties. The nominations are made anonymously but the process includes letters of support from members of the nominee's community as well as other administrators.

"It was a pleasant surprise," Klentschy said of the award, adding he felt honored to have been selected.

Klentschy was described as an "innovative and creative leader who is student-centered" by Kennedy Middle School Principal Suzanne Smith.

"He is a tremendous asset to El Centro Elementary, and the (Imperial) Valley," said board member Dianna Newton.

Board president Ron Hull pointed to the science grants Klentschy has obtained from the state and the renovation and construction at Kennedy Middle School as examples of improvements Klentschy has made to the district.

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Pointing to the community involvement Klentschy has maintained, Hull said Klentschy's service has reached far beyond the requirements.

Klentschy has been superintendent of the El Centro elementary district for the last eight years, having previously served as an associate superintendent in the Pasadena Unified School District. He also had been a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles school district.

He credits the award to an "outstanding and dedicated staff." He said he considers the award as "not an individual achievement but as a district accomplishment. Without the hard work of teachers and administration and the relationship to the community, this wouldn't be possible."

Klentschy "came with a vision, and he guided us to achieve that vision," said Newton.

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