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A year after hauling in the top state and national honors for public school superintendents, Mark Edwards of the Mooresville Graded School District has another. On Tuesday, Edwards was named the recipient of the 2014 Public School Forum of North Carolina Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award.

The award was established by the Public School Forum Board of Directors in 2000 to recognize “exemplary leaders who have made outstanding contributions to public education.” The forum board has the leeway of giving the award to “anyone who has displayed innovative, creative, effective leadership for public education in North Carolina.” Edwards, who has led the MGSD since 2007, will accept the award on June 9 during a Celebration of Leadership reception and luncheon in Raleigh. Last year, he was named the N.C. and national superintendent of the year, and also was the 2013 Common Sense Media Educator of the Year.

“Mark Edwards certainly exemplifies all the characteristics we look for in Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award recipients -- dedication, leadership and courage,” said Gene Arnold, chairman of the Public School Forum of North Carolina Board.


Mooresville Tribune