Alpine ISD superintendent nominated for state award

ALPINE — The Texas Association of School Boards on Friday announced their nominees for the 2020 Superintendent of the Year Award, and one tri-county school official made the list this time around.

Becky McCutchen, superintendent for Alpine ISD, was nominated for Region 18, which covers much of West Texas.

This isn’t the first time Alpine ISD has been recognized for its achievements. U.S. News & World Report, a news and analysis company, in 2018 gave Alpine High School a bronze rating.

TASB says it focused on a few criteria in choosing nominees from regions. Among them were “strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance and commitment to public involvement in education.” A regional selection committee combed through local nominees, eventually nominating McCutchen for the statewide award. The honored superintendent wasn’t available this week to comment on the nomination.

State TASB officials will interview nominees in August, and the statewide winner will be announced in October at the 2020 TASB Convention in Dallas. TASB has been awarding superintendents for “excellence and achievement in educational leadership” since 1984, when the Superintendent of the Year awards first began.

Founded in 1949, TASB is a nonprofit dedicated to serving local school boards. It’s the “largest group of publicly elected officials in the state,” according to a news release, and represents districts serving around 5.4 million public school students.