IOWA CITY– Words of praise were plentiful at Elizabeth Tate High School in Iowa City last week.
Superintendent of Iowa City Community School District Dr. Lane Plugge was recognized as Iowa Superintendent of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) organization, and district officials held a reception at Tate High School to honor him Wed., Jan. 7.
Guest speakers offered positive remarks about Plugge, his accomplishments within the district and his encouraging supervisory style, including former ICCSD Board of Directors member Pete Wallace.
Wallace recounted that when the board of directors was in the process of hiring Dr. Plugge 10 years ago, they learned from Plugge’s former school district colleagues in Nebraska that Plugge was at once a “principals’ superintendent, a teachers’ superintendent and a kids’ superintendent.”
Current board president Toni Cilek, accompanied by ICCSD Foundation Board member Jacki Brennan and Iowa City Education Association representative Sue Dvorsky, presented Dr. Plugge with a plaque acknowledging his award and contribution to the school district over his tenure.
Plugge thanked everyone for the recognition, but held fast that it was not his alone.
“If any of you know me, you know I am a bit embarrassed by this attention,” Plugge told the crowd. “This recognition is a result of just being on a team. I look at it not as a personal recognition, but a recognition for the Iowa City Community School District.”
Plugge expressed gratitude for the parents of the district as well.
“I really appreciate working in Iowa City. It’s wonderful to work in a community that values and supports K-12 education.”
Plugge is a native of Nebraska. In his home state, he served for 25 years as a teacher, school principal and superintendent before coming to Iowa to serve the ICCSD in 1999. The SAI announced Plugge’s award in September 2008, after a group of his superintendent peers from throughout the state interviewed Plugge and chose him from 12 nominees.
As the leader of ICCSD, Plugge oversees approximately 11,000 students and over 1,600 staff members in 24 schools in Iowa City, Coralville, Hills, University Heights and North Liberty.