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The following article was posted on November 5th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 35 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 35

Santa Barbara County superintendent wins state award

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

William Cirone, superintendent of the Santa Barbara County Education Office, received the 2013 Ferd. J. Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award from the Association of California School Administrators.

The Ferd J. Kiesel award is the highest honor the association can present to an individual, and it’s made in the memory of the association’s founding president.

Educators who receive the award must have made a significant impact on public education over a wide geographical area and had an impact on a large segment of public education. The time a person has been involved with education is also considered.

Cirone has served as the county’s superintendent since 1983, making him the longest-serving county super in the state.

“His firm roots in the community have led to strong partnerships, effective collaborations, and most importantly, academic growth among all students,” said a press release from the Association of School Administrators.

The press release also said Cirone is a leader in promoting his philosophy that teachers are true community heroes who deserve support and respect for the work they do. The association added that Cirone is an ardent supporter of civic literacy: teaching students the knowledge, skills, and values needed to take part in a democratic society.

“We are proud of leaders like William Cirone,” Wesley Smith, the association’s executive director, said in the press release. “Each year we come together to celebrate the best and brightest is school leadership, and William is certainly among the best in our profession.”