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New York State Superintendent of the Year Award

Windsor Superintendent Dr. Jason A. Andrews Named 2019 New York State School Superintendent of the Year

Congratulations to Windsor Central School District Superintendent Dr. Jason A. Andrews who has been selected by The Council’s Distinguished Service Committee as the 2019 New York State Superintendent of the Year.

“I am humbled and honored to be named New York’s Superintendent of the Year. This award is a reflection of the hard work of the students, staff, and community partners of the Windsor Central School District,” said Dr. Andrews. “We are committed to Windsor being a world-class community school that is the district of choice. Everyone in Windsor is working to make our district a beacon of 21st-century learning where students can become ready for a successful future and pursue any field they choose.” 

Dr. Andrews has served as Superintendent of the Windsor CSD since January 2006, when he became New York’s youngest school superintendent, a status he then retained for many years. Dr. Andrews currently serves on the Executive Committee for the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the State Education Commissioner's Advisory Council, and the National Center for Educational Research and Technology National Board and is a charter member of the Institute for Innovation.

“Jason is the consummate professional under whose leadership our student and staff performance has excelled to a point that I would never have thought possible when I joined the board 15 years ago. He began his superintendency as the youngest superintendent in the state of New York and he has shown incredible skills at motivating people at all levels of our organization and beyond. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award,” said Windsor Board of Education President and Broome-Tioga BOCES Board of Trustees member, Pete Nowacki.  

He also consults with districts across the country regarding Professional Learning Communities, strategic planning, and preventing bullying and harassment. 

Council Executive Director Dr. Charles Dedrick said, “Jason Andrews is respected statewide as an educational leader and always exemplifies the best of our profession. As a member of our Executive Committee, he is a thoughtful and informed leader providing keen insight on key issues affecting our state. Dr. Andrews understands how important superintendent leadership is to a school district’s success to provide students with a comprehensive educational experience. I saw this first hand when I went to Jason’s district and saw the outpouring of support from the community, students and staff for him as superintendent. He leads by example and not just by words.” 

During his tenure Dr. Andrews has overseen over $60 million in improvements to facilities in the District, allowing the Windsor CSD to serve students with an outstanding learning environment. The District is currently in the midst of a $15.7 million capital project which is providing safety upgrades, a state-of-the-art multi-purpose athletic field and a “STEAM” wing in Windsor Central High School (STEAM – Science, Technology, Arts and Mathematics).                                                                                                              

The District has earned several statewide and national honors. Windsor has once again been named One of the Best Communities for Music Education. This year along, Windsor had the highest number of newly-named New York State Master Teachers among districts in the Southern Tier, boasts the 2018 Middle School Principal of the Year and an Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award winner. 

The District is one of only 11 in the nation named a Model PLC (Professional Learning Community) District. PLCs recognize those who best exemplify the process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of inquiry and research to achieve better results for the students they serve. 

The recently-launched Future Ready Knights program is an ambitious partnership between the district and local businesses and organizations to allow students to pursue one of seven career pathways: Business/Finance, Health Care, Computer Science, Agriculture, Education, Trades and Engineering. K-12 Students will tour local businesses, receive hands-on training and develop their own professional network. A Career Counselor in the high school will help students take their first steps toward a professional career. 

Council President and Plainview-Old Bethpage Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis said “Dr. Andrews represents the best qualities of what superintendents in New York possess to make an impact on tomorrows leaders. He has been actively engaged in the work, having led courageous conversations on changing school culture, offering his service to The Council’s leadership and advocating for the issues that produce the highest leverage for schools. He will continue to serve us well as he takes on the well-deserved recognition as the New York State Superintendent of the Year.” 

During Andrews’ tenure, the number of co-curricular activities in the Middle School and High school, along with the number of Advanced Placement and college-credit courses in the High School has dramatically increased. Advanced courses available at Windsor Central High School has increased from five to 29. Each school is also a designated mental health clinic with services available to students and their families. 

All students in grades 8-10 can take the PSAT free of charge during the school day, and all juniors can take the SAT during the school day free of charge as well. Students also have access to customized tutorials through Kahn Academy to prepare for the PSAT and SAT exams. SAT participation among Windsor CSD juniors has jumped from 67 in 2016 to 106 in 2018. 

In addition, Windsor has been a lead district in the Breakfast in the Classroom program, providing free breakfast to every student. Windsor’s summer program gives Universal Prekindergarten-12 students access to high-quality STEAM, fine arts and athletics programming, and employment opportunities for older students to serve as mentors. These efforts are part of the district’s dedication to serve the whole child while preparing them for the world of possibilities available after graduation. 

On November 13, 2018, the Windsor CSD hosted a ceremony at the Windsor Central High School auditorium to honor Dr. Andrews. He represented New York State at the National Superintendent of the Year Ceremony at the National Conference on Education of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) held February 24-16, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Jason received his award at The Council’s 2019 Winter Institute and Lobby Day, March 3-5, 2019 in Albany, NY. 

The Superintendent of the Year Award was established in 1988 by AASA and is co-sponsored by the First Student, and the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC) and AASA. 

The 2020 Selection Process and Deadlines

The American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year Program is acclaimed as the most prestigious honor a school system leader can attain.The Council uses the AASA awards application process to also select the New York State Superintendent of the Year.

Our Distinguished Services Committee, composed of current officers (with the word president in their title) and past presidents who are active superintendents, review all applications and will make their final selection on November 1, 2019 for our New York representative. We will recognize our New York State winner at our 2020 Winter Institute and Lobby Day / March 1-3, 2020. 

After we selected a superintendent from New York to represent us, we provided access for AASA's national blue-ribbon panel to review the application so they can narrow the field to four candidates.The National Superintendent of the Year is announced at AASA’s National Conference on Education in mid-February. This year's event will be held February 13-15, 2020 in San Diego, CA. All state superintendents of the year are also recognized. A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a student from the high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year graduated from AASA.

Selection Criteria

Each candidate will be judged on the following attributes and skills:

  • Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system.

  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.

  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.

  • Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

AASA's program is open to all public school superintendents in the United States and overseas and is cosponsored by First Student, AIG, and AASA. New York's program is only open to active New York State Superintendents. You can review the past list of New York State Superintendents of the Year here.