Three Veteran School Leaders Cited for Service

January 29, 2009

Amy Vogt


The American Association of School Administrators will honor two retired educational leaders, as well as the immediate past president of the association, with Distinguished Service Awards at AASA’s 2009 National Conference on Education, Feb. 19-21, in San Francisco, Calif.

These educational leaders are being recognized by AASA for bringing honor to themselves, their colleagues and their profession; rendering exemplary service to their state or national professional association; and contributing to the education field through writing, public advocacy or other activities.

To receive the Distinguished Service Award, an individual must have been an AASA member for at least 10 years and be retired from a full-time position in educational administration. Each year the honorees includes AASA’s immediate past president.

The Distinguished Service Award carries a life membership in AASA. The 2009 honorees, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Sarah D. Jerome of Arlington Heights, Ill. She served as president of AASA in 2007-08, only the second woman to hold the berth in the association’s 143-year annals. Jerome is in her second year as superintendent of the Arlington Heights School District 25 in Illinois after 15 years as superintendent of the School District of Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin.

Jerome was named Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year in 2005 and one of four finalists for AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year. She has served as president of the Wisconsin School Music Association for two terms and was recognized with an honorary doctorate from Ripon College in 2000.

Jerome has been an AASA member since 1991.

David Larson of Middletown, Conn. He retired in January 2008 as executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents after retiring in 2000 as a superintendent. He led two Connecticut school systems – Middletown and Ridgefield. Larson was honored as state superintendent of the year in the Nutmeg State in 1998.

As state association director, he served as an aggressive recruiter for AASA, evidenced by the state’s 254 memberships despite having just 167 superintendents. He earlier served as president of the state association and as president of the Connecticut Association of Urban Schools.

Larson joined AASA in 1981.

James J. Lupis Jr. of Chestertown, Md. He retired in June 2008 after a decade as executive director of the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland, the longest tenure in the association’s annals. He previously worked as superintendent of schools in Kent County, Md., for 14 years and as executive director of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Education Association.

Lupis served as president of several statewide professional groups in Maryland, including the Council of Administrators and Supervisors of Maryland and the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Lupis joined AASA in 1985.


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