ST. PAUL — A former assistant superintendent at the Moorhead Area Public Schools has been named the 2021 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year.

Wayne Kazmierczak, a University of North Dakota graduate who currently leads the White Bear Lake Area Schools, will compete for national honors in February.

In announcing the honor, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators noted his 125 presentations and question-and-answer sessions that helped pass a $326 million school bond referendum and develop an equity commitment statement for the district that led to the district tackling grading disparities among students of color.

Nominees for the honor are evaluated on leadership for learning, communication skills, professionalism and community involvement.

Kazmierczak began his career as a high school business education teacher and coach for 12 years. He then served as superintendent at the Lakeview and Moorhead schools, assistant superintendent for finance and operations at White Bear Lake from 2014-2017 and eventually took the top job there.

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He earned his doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota and his master's degree in educational administration and bachelor's degree in business and vocational education from UND.