Dr. David Daigneault Named Mississippi Superintendent of the YearThe Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) has announced that the Grenada School District Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault has been selected as the 2013 Mississippi Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Daigneault will represent Mississippi on the national level for the honor of being chosen as the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) 2013 Superintendent of the Year. These programs are designed to recognize the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents.
Daigneault has served as the Superintendent in the Grenada School District since 2006, making a difference in the lives and potential of our students. Since 2005, the dropout rate has decreased 17%, the completion rate has increased 23%, and the graduation rate has increased 21.2%, and, for the first time, the District has been designated as High-Performing (B). These educational increases will have a tremendous impact upon the economic level of our populace, the attractiveness of our area for industry, and the quality of life for our citizens.
Board of Trustees Member Dr. David Braswell states, “Since he was appointed as Superintendent of the Grenada School District, David Dr. Daigneault has led a major reworking of the District’s strategic vision. This effort had significant community and staff involvement that resulted in improved student achievement. Dr. Daigneault’s thorough understanding and use of data-based decision-making and his commitment to ongoing positive messages of improvement with staff and community are all key factors in the district’s academic success.
Dr. Daigneault states, “My slogan for District achievement has been to, ‘Work smarter, not harder,’ by redirecting energies and coordinating efforts. Hard work and intense focus pay off. We have solidified our vision and mission, improved the quality of instruction, focused upon continuous school improvement, and established on-going monitoring and accountability benchmarks. We are highlighting learning-centered leadership in each classroom and school environment to reach our foremost goal, the constant improvement of student achievement.”
Dr. Daigneault is active in many education-related, civic, and community groups that help to strengthen his skills and knowledge for the sake of his students and community. He serves as Secretary of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, President of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators, a member of the Governing Board for the American Association of School Administrators, a member of the Lions' Club,and a member of St.Peter’s Knights of Columbus. Dr. Daigneault holds a bachelors degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree from Delta State University, and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi.
The American Association of School Administrators will announce the National Superintendent of the Year and recognize all of the states’ Superintendents of the Year at the National Conference in Los Angeles, California, February 21-23, 2013. Attendance at the conference for Dr. Daigneault will be sponsored by AASA. This will be the 26th Anniversary of the program.
The selection criteria for Superintendent of the Year is based on the following:
Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communications
Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system
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.