Rudolph Karkosak, superintendent of the

Kennett Consolidated School District

, has been named Pennsylvania superintendent of the year.

The award is given by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. Each superintendent up for the award is nominated by someone in his or her district, and prospective candidates are required to submit an extensive application.

Essay answers are judged by a five-person panel of association members who selected Karkosak from about a dozen finalists in November.

"I think people were very impressed with the diversity in the district and the ability of the district, under his leadership, to serve that diverse population," said Stinson Stroup, executive director of the association. "There seemed to be a commitment to excellence for every student."

Karkosak is entering his ninth year as superintendent in Kennett. He will be presented with a medallion at the American Association of School Administrators National Conference, which will be held in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 14 through 17.

- Will Hobson