Dearborn Public Schools' leader has been named Michigan Superintendent of the Year, district officials announced Monday.

The Michigan Association of School Administrators presented the honor to Glenn Maleyko during a board of education meeting.

The superintendent was selected by a panel of judges and "has proven himself to be an outstanding leader for Dearborn Public Schools,” said Chris Wigent, the association's executive director, in a statement.

“Always putting students first, Dr. Maleyko cares deeply about their success, which has paid off in many areas including an increase in rising graduation rates. His vision and careful strategic planning are leading to greater success for the students in Dearborn, as well as the educators who nurture their academic development. In addition, his leadership in the district’s social media presence is impressive and demonstrates his willingness to ensure that there is a strong connection between the school district and the community.”

Maleyko, who became superintendent in 2015, oversees a district that includes some 21,000 students.

“Dearborn Schools is a wonderful place to be. his is a wonderful community. This award really belongs to the whole school community,” he said Monday.

Since taking the post, two Dearborn schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education and graduation rates have reached 95 percent, the district said. Maleyko is also credited with creating a student advisory council that meets with administrators.

“On a daily basis, Dr. Maleyko demonstrates an authentic interest in the Dearborn community and parents of students he serves,” said Maysam Alie-Bazzi, the district's executive director of staff and student services, who led the drive to nominate Maleyko for the award. "He genuinely takes responsibility for, embraces opportunities, celebrates and advocates for Dearborn schools and students."

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