It was with great pride that Warsaw Community School Corporation’s Superintendent Dr. Craig Hintz was presented with the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents’ “State Superintendent of the Year Award” on Monday, Jan. 28.
The award was presented by Rebecca Kubacki through her daughter and Warsaw Community School Corporation employee Katherine Kubacki at Monday night’s school board meeting. It will place Hintz as Indiana’s representative in the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year Program.
In a letter written by her mother, Katherine Kubacki read, “It gives me great pride that such an honor is given to someone in my community. You have raised the bar for every superintendent throughout the state. Your vision and mission to make every student the best that they can be will take our student body from good to great.”
Hintz, who has served as Warsaw Community Schools’ superintendent since 2009, earned his bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, his master’s degree from Phillips University and an education specialist degree from Western Illinois University. Hintz received his education doctorate from Indiana University.
Before taking on the role of Warsaw Community Schools’ superintendent, Hintz worked in Minnesota as a school improvement specialist and a deputy superintendent. He also served as an associate superintendent for the Minneapolis Public Schools, associate superintendent for the Minnetonka Public Schools, superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in Indianapolis and as an administrator and teacher in the North Scott Community School District in Iowa.
Outside of his extensive school administrative experience, Hintz is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring from the United States Army Reserve with the ranking of lieutenant colonel.
According to Dr. Walter Bourke, IAPSS executive director, “At a time when school districts across the state are wrestling with declining resources and increased expectations, under Dr. Hintz’s leadership Warsaw Community School Corporation is flourishing by maximizing outside resources.
“The district was selected earlier this year by the Indiana Department of Education to receive the state’s largest innovation grant to create an elementary school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academy. It was also the Organizational Partner of the Year for 2011 for OrthoWorx, a community-based initiative working with the orthopedic industry and other stakeholders in the Warsaw area. Dr. Hintz and the district are using these grants and partnerships to develop strategic focus, enhance academic programs and provide leadership training for administrators and principals.”
According to IAPSS, during Hintz’s tenure, the high school was able to boast a nearly 12 percent increase as well as increasing student achievement exponentially placing Warsaw Community Schools at 11th in the state for growth.
“Hintz is working toward making Warsaw Community School the education capital of Indiana and a national model for educational excellence.” Stated IPASS, “Hintz worked with the community to develop a strategic plan which culminated in the following mission statement: Our mission is to inspire and equip all students to continuously acquire and apply knowledge and skills while pursuing their dreams and enriching the lives of others.”
Among Hintz’s many accomplishments and improvements to the school system curriculum, Warsaw Community School Corporation has recently adopted full-day kindergarten in all of it’s elementary schools as well as adding new lingual courses such as Mandarin Chinese as well as courses like dance, orchestra, biomedical, culinary arts, and Advance Placement (AP) and dual credit courses.
During Hintz’s tenure, the high school graduation rate has increased by nearly 12 percent and student achievement has increased exponentially, ranking 11th in the state for growth.
Hintz was presented with plaque for his achievement by Katherine Kubacki upon the close of the reading of her mother’s letter.
“Thank you so much. As I shared, I am deeply humbled by the award,” stated Hintz. “I owe much to this community, our teachers our staff for really helpings us with [accomplishing] that mission statement … We certainly believe that it’s making a huge difference for all of us.”