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Mid-Prairie's Schneider is nominee for Iowa superintendent of the year

Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider
Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider

Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider will be honored by the School Administrators of Iowa.

The organization announced Thursday that Schneider was a nominee for the 2020-21 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award.

“I am humbled that my peers thought I was deserving of the nomination,” Schneider said. “However, any accomplishments in the past are due to the talented, caring, and hard-working people that have worked with me.”

He said that he enjoys being superintendent of the Mid-Prairie district.

“The most pleasurable part is the interactions I get to have with district students of all ages,” he said. “I am here to serve them, and they keep this job fun.

“I am also very appreciative of the Mid-Prairie parents and community members. We could not do all that we do without their amazing support, concern and involvement.”

Upon hearing the news of Schneider’s nomination. Mid-Prairie school board President Marianne Schlabach said she was “extremely happy for him.”

“He has served our community and the Mid-Prairie School District in several positions through the years,” Schlabach said. “This recognition is well-deserved. The Mid-Prairie school board is proud to call him our superintendent.”

Schneider is beginning his 40th year in education, starting his teaching career at Brighton Elementary for the Washington Community School District.

Schneider has served the Mid-Prairie Community School District for 33 years as a substitute teacher, elementary teacher and principal, and for the last 20 years, as its superintendent.

During this time, Schneider was the shared superintendent between Mid-Prairie and Keota for seven years.

“I have had the privilege of working with some outstanding administrators, teachers, support staff members, central office personnel and school board members,” Schneider said. “This honor is more about their efforts than mine.

“I am just thankful that people have been patient with me whenever I have made mistakes or faced challenges.”

Nominated for the award by his peers, Schneider will be recognized by the association, along with MOC-Floyd Valley Superintendent Russ Adams, who was named Iowa Superintendent of the Year.

“SAI is pleased to recognize school system leaders who are dedicated to creating meaningful change for the students they serve and their communities,” said Roark Horn, the association’s executive director.

Tracy Harms, SAI communications director, said that, traditionally, nominees are honored at their area educational association’s spring meeting.

“We’re not certain we’ll move forward with that (meeting) this spring,” Harms said.

Schneider and other nominees also will be recognized at the SAI annual conference in August.