honored by state association
Dr. Mark Harpst, Superintendent of the Platte County
R-3 School District, has been named the Missouri Superintendent
of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators
The announcement of the award was made during the Missouri
School Boards' Association and MASA joint fall conference
held at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Oct. 25-27.
As the winner of this award, Harpst received a plaque
acknowledging his selection; a $500 scholarship for a
student in the Platte County R-3 School District; and
a commemorative ring. The scholarship is sponsored by
the Missouri Securities Investment Program and the ring
is provided courtesy of the law firm of Doster, Mickes,
James and Ullom. Harpst now will represent Missouri in
the National Superinten-dent of the Year program conducted
by the American Association of School Administrators.
Harpst has served as superintendent of the Platte County
R-3 School District since 1996. He previously served as
superintendent of the West Platte R-2 School District
from 1991-1996 and as a high school principal at Platte
County R-3 (1990-1991), Savannah High School, (1988-1990),
DeKalb High School (1984-1988) and Fairfax High School
Under his leadership, the Platte County R-3 School District
has been awarded "Accreditation with Distinction
for High Performance" and was one of 39 school districts
in Missouri to achieve a perfect score on the Missouri
School Improvement Program standards. Platte County High
School has been designated as an "A+High School"
and two schools, Barry School and Platte City Middle School
were recognized in the "Top Ten" in Missouri
Assessment Program (MAP) achievement last year.
In the past year, the school district was named as the
"Parent's Choice" by the National School Match
Program. The district also received statewide recognition
when the Missouri Kids Count recognized Platte County
as the "Best place to raise children in Missouri."
The school district was chosen this past year as the Platte
City Chamber of Commerce's "Business of the Year."
Harpst has been recognized in the community and among
his peers as an outstanding leader and superintendent.
He is currently serving as the President-Elect of MASA,
Chairman of the MASA District Review Committee and is
president of the Northwest Missouri School Administrators
Association. He is a member of American Association of
School Administrators, the Missouri Association of School
Business Officials and the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan
Harpst is active in the Platte City Community serving
in leadership positions on the Platte City Economic Development
Council, the Platte City Chamber of Commerce. Northland
Chamber of Commerce, Platte County Economic Development
Council, Platte City Lion's Club, KCI Rotary and he has
been active as a youth sports coach and the 5th Quarter
Alcohol and Drug Free Program for students.