Dr. Rudolph Karkosak, superintendent for the Kennett Consolidated School District, has been named Pennsylvania's Superintendent of the Year for 2008.

The award is given by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA). Each superintendent up for the award is nominated by someone in their district, and prospective candidates are required to submit an extensive application. Essay answers are weighed heavily by a five-person panel of prominent PASA 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 PASA. "There seemed to be a commitment to excellence for every student," added Stroup.

Karkosak is entering his ninth year as superintendent in Kennett. He will be presented with a medallion for winning the award at the American Association of School Administrators' National Conference, which will be held in Tampa, Florida from February 14-17.

   Will Hobson