October 9, 2013--Dr. Kim Wilbanks, Superintendent of the Jonesboro School District, is the 2014 Arkansas Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Richard Abernathy, Executive Director of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators surprised Dr. Wilbanks with the award during a meeting of the Jonesboro school board October 8. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by ARAMARK Education, ING and AASA, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation's public schools. Candidates are judged on the following criteria: leadership and learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement. Each state association of school administrators selects a State Superintendent of the Year. These superintendents are then in the running for National Superintendent of the Year and will be recognized and honored at the AASA National Conference in February in Los Angeles, California. "Dr. Wilbanks is an excellent superintendent and worthy of this outstanding recognition," said Dr. Tony Prothro, Executive Director of the Arkansas School Boards Association. "Dr. Wilbanks is a proven leader with a strong commitment to improving educational quality for students. ASBA joins the countless others in congratulating her achievement."