QUINCY -- Quincy Superintendent Roy Webb sees a state award as recognition not only for him, but for the school district and the community.
Webb was honored last week as the 2019 Superintendent of Distinction by colleagues in the Two Rivers Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
"I think they were recognizing everything that Quincy Public Schools has accomplished the last few years," Webb said. "Nobody knows what a specific superintendent does day to day, but they do see accomplishments of the district and community as a whole."
Those nominating Webb for the award pointed to the five new elementary schools and renovation of Quincy High School, reorganized grade levels districtwide, new boundaries and bus routes and new initiatives such as a multi-tiered system of support or attendance and behavior, community-based health care, and competency-based education.
"The building of the five new schools, all the transitions, the reorganization, they saw that as a positive for QPS, so I was honored," Webb said.
Webb was honored in the Two Rivers Region of IASA which covers Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler and Scott counties.
"Each Superintendent of Distinction was nominated by peers in their regions based on their commitment, dedication and leadership," IASA Executive Director Brent Clark said in a news release about the award. "These extraordinary individuals truly provide exceptional leadership that elevates the success of students in their districts and are difference makers in their communities."
Webb, an educator for 29 years, started work as QPS superintendent on Jan. 1, 2016. He previously served as superintendent in Canton (Ill.) Union School District 66 and the Chadwick-Milledgeville School District and also worked as a principal, coach, athletic director and teacher. Simultaneously involved in the Iowa National Guard, he retired as a brigadier general with 36 years of service.
The fifth annual luncheon was again sponsored by Horace Mann, one of the nation's largest insurers focusing on the needs of educators. State Superintendent Carmen Ayala was the featured speaker as 21 IASA regional Superintendents of Distinction were honored.