Hartselle Superintendent wins Superintendent of the Year

By Lauren Thornton Tobin|Hartselle Enquirer

Hartselle City Schools Superintendent Dr. Vic Wilson has been carrying his title for four years, but as of Oct. 11, he will need to add a new one: 2016 Alabama Superintendent of the Year.

Administrators from District 8 selected Wilson to represent the area in the state conference, and out of 138 school systems in Alabama and nine districts,

a panel of judges from the School Superintendents of Alabama decided he deserved to take home the title.

“I’m honored to be selected by my peers,” he said. “We’ve got a great group of superintendents in District 8.”

When asked what he thought set him apart from the other finalists, Wilson said it has little to do with him as an individual and a lot to do with everyone in the Hartselle School District.

“I don’t know that there are things that set me a part (from other finalists), it’s more what the system is doing,” he said. “We have the perfect environment for people to come in and enhance education. I look at this award as collective of everything going on, not as me as an individual. I don’t think I’d be here if it weren’t for Hartselle.”

Among many things parents and faculty seem to enjoy about Wilson, many people mention how he seems to know most students by name.

Wilson, who has been in education for 24 years, said he entered the field because he liked teaching and coaching, and he still likes to have that interaction with students.

“Each step up sometimes takes you away from students and I want kids to know who their superintendent is,” he said. “A superintendent shouldn’t be someone who sits in his office. He should be going to events, and making a concerted effort so (students) know who you are.

Wilson said the award does not just represent him, but Hartselle citizens as well.

“It’s more about the commitment to the education in Hartselle — the city, the schools, teachers, parents and students,” he said. “Everyone is working together to make a difference in kids’ lives.”

Wilson isn’t using his new title as an excuse to take a break. He said he’s focused on moving the Hartselle School District forward.

He is now qualified to go to the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year conference where he will be up against 50 other superintendents for the national title.

 

 

 

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