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April 2015

Marengo’s Bertrand honored as ‘Superintendent of Distinction’

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Marengo Superintendent Dan Bertrand was honored as a regional “Superintendent of Distinction” at an awards luncheon Tuesday (April 21) at the governor’s Executive Mansion in Springfield. Bertrand was selected by his peers in the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) Kishwaukee Region.

“I am honored to be selected by my peers of the five counties that make up the Kishwaukee Region for the first Superintendent of Distinction Award. I am especially proud to receive this award due to one of the criteria being ‘Leadership for Learning,’” said Bertrand, who has been an educator for 33 years, the last 10 as superintendent of Marengo Community High School District 154. “Our mission at MCHS is ‘Where learning is valued and excellence is the standard.’ I have always tried to remain focused on student learning and excellence. I am fortunate to have worked with an outstanding staff at MCHS who has made this mission a reality for the students of our community.”

Bertrand was one of 20 school superintendents from around the state to be recognized as a “Superintendent of Distinction.” Governor Bruce Rauner and IASA Executive Director Brent Clark were among those taking part in the awards ceremony.

“Public education is facing some of its most difficult times, and that is when leadership is most important. These ‘Superintendents of Distinction’ were selected by their peers in their regions because of the dedication, commitment and leadership that they have demonstrated, and we are pleased to recognize them for what they do to fulfill the promise of public education for children all over the state,” Clark said.

Bertrand attained his Bachelor’s Degree from Quincy College, his Master’s Degree in Science Education from Northeast Missouri State University and his Doctor of Education Degree from Northern Illinois University. He was a teacher and principal before being named superintendent in Marengo in 2005.

Under Bertrand’s leadership, Marengo Community High School was chosen in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as one of the Top 100 High Schools in Illinois by U.S. News and World Report. Accomplishments also include:

 Raising the average composite ACT scores from 19.5 to 21.8 over the past nine years;

 Implementing a 1:1 computer program for all students; and

 Increasing the school’s Advanced Placement offerings and scores.

Bertrand and his wife, Kelly, have four children, Brock, Bailey, Brooke and Beau.

The awards and luncheon were sponsored by Horace Mann, one of the nation’s largest insurers focusing on educators’ needs, and Herff Jones, one of the largest suppliers of class rings, yearbooks and graduation caps, gowns and announcements.

“Superintendents face many challenges. From balancing budgets to keeping schools and students safe, they work to put the needs of students first and consistently work to find, nurture and support quality teachers,” said Marita Zuraitis, Horace Mann President and Chief Executive Officer. “Their efforts make their schools outstanding learning environments, and that excellence is what the IASA is celebrating. Horace Mann is proud to recognize and applaud the IASA ‘Superintendents of Distinction.’ ”

“Herff Jones celebrates the educational leaders who are being recognized today for promoting and encouraging excellence in their schools,” said Jake Romano, Sales Representative. “Thank you for educating our children.” »

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