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 Bonsall´s Justin Cunningham Named Outstanding Superintendent of the Year

​At the Small School District Association’s Annual Conference in Sacramento, Bonsall Union School District Superintendent Dr. Justin Cunningham was given the 2013 Charles Binderup Award for the Outstanding Superintendent of the Year.

“Being honored by this Association is particularly gratifying”, he exclaimed, “most school districts in California are small, and these superintendents require a deeper understanding of the complexities of a high performing district because they have few, if any personnel to delegate to. But as much of an honor as it is to receive such a prestigious award, I know that without the amazing the Bonsall school community, and Governing Board, such distinguished recognition wouldn’t be possible.”

The purpose of the SSDA Charlie Binderup Award is:

  • To honor a small school district superintendent​ who through individual leadership and sustained effort has made worthy contributions to the operation of a small school district and to advancing the role of small school district superintendents in the educational arena and in the comm​unity. 
  • To recognize the responsible and influential role of a small school district leader in developing successful school environments. 
  • To stimulate the replication of small school district best practices and programs. 

According to the Small School Districts’ Association website, the Association serves "to help simplify the work that small school district boards of education and superintendents must do to produce stellar results for their students and their staff. Since most small school districts lack middle management staff persons, most of the work is done by the superintendent, the superintendent’s executive assistant, and principals. For these dedicated individuals, time is of the essence. A large portion of a small school district’s budget is restricted. There is little room for special projects and programming." The Association serves school districts with fewer than 5,000 students.​