SOTY Entry Requirements

Recommendation letter

In a letter of recommendation addressed to the SOTY Selection Committee, the school board president should cite examples of the superintendent’s leadership. Explain why the chief administrator should be named Superintendent of the Year, expanding on the following topics:

  • Leadership, Management, and School Climate
  • School Board-Superintendent Relations
  • School Improvement and Instructional Leadership
  • Fiscal Management
  • School-Community Relations

At the end of the letter, succinctly respond to “Why our superintendent should be selected as Superintendent of the Year.”

Nomination packet

Be sure to include the following:

  • Official entry form
  • Student Performance Work Sheet
  • The letter, signed by the board president (no longer than five pages, 12-point Times New Roman, 1.5-line spacing, and 1-inch margins)
  • A basic resume listing current positions and professional organizations (no more than three pages)
  • A resolution indicating the board’s decision to nominate the superintendent (Remember to place the resolution on the board meeting agenda early in the process)

A photo of the superintendent also should be attached (8.5 x 11", 300 dpi, .jpg file format)

No other documentation will be accepted.


Send nominations should to the executive director of the district’s education service center (ESC). The packet documents shoud be scanned and submitted as a single PDF in the order listed above. The packet and photo must be e-mailed to the ESC by close of business May 8.


  • April 10 May 8: Nomination submissions due to designated ESC
  • June 26 July 10: Regional screening completed and nominations submitted to TASB
  • August 28–29: All regional winners interviewed and five finalists chosen by the TASB State Selection Committee
  • October: Finalists interviewed and Superintendent of the Year chosen by TASB State Selection Committee
  • October 2: Presentation of the award at 2020 TASA/TASB Convention

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