Seaman Schools leader named finalist for honor

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka-area schools superintendent is in the running for a big honor.

The Seaman School Board congratulated Dr. Steve Noble during its Monday night meeting. Earlier in the day, he was named as one of two finalists for Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

The Kansas School Superintendents Association chose the finalists from six nominees, who went through an application and review process.

Noble is in his third year leading USD 345. He says he's most proud of the district's early childhood initiatives; career pathways for middle and high school students; and their new five-year strategic plan.

But he says he doesn't work alone.

"This is really reflective of our great district here at Seaman, our kids and our staff and our families," Noble said. "We just come together around kids and that’s our focus, and so it’s really sort of honoring that process and the greatness of the district."

The other finalist is Glenn Suppes with USD 400 - Smokey Valley in Lindsborg.

A committee of former Superintendents of the Year will now interview Suppes and Noble. The winner will be announced October 26th.