Jun 13, 2011 9:51 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - DeSoto Parish schools Superintendent Walter C. Lee is one of five finalists for this year's National Superintendent of the Year award.
Lee joins finalists Linda Chapman of Estes Park, Colo., Scott Mercer of Boiling Springs, S.C., Reza Namin of Westbrook, Maine, and Mike Richie of Eagle River, Wis., in being recognized for outstanding achievement as a school district superintendent.
The Times reports it's uncertain when the finalist will be selected.
The association's officials noted many of Lee's achievements, including implementation of a transition to a student nonfailure system and establishing DeSoto as the only district in Louisiana to have every school participate in the national Teacher Advancement Program.
The 76-year-old Lee is already recognized as the longest-serving superintendent in Louisiana with 32 years spread over two parishes.