Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Marty Pollio was named the 2022 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA). He received the award during KASA’s annual leadership conference on July 30.
“Dr. Pollio is the role model for others. Not only has he led the Jefferson County Schools to greater heights, he is leading his community through his personal commitment to lifelong service and equity,” said KASA Executive Director Rhonda Caldwell.
This is the most prestigious award for public school superintendents, she said. The award evaluates the nominee’s leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement.
The award is provided by a partnership between KASA and American Fidelity Assurance Co.
Polio received a bronze eagle sculpture, a commemorative ring and a $5,000 scholarship for a Jefferson County high school senior. The award also pays for his travel to the American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education in February, where he will compete with finalists from other states for the National Superintendent of the Year Award.
Pollio was named the superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools on Feb. 11, 2018, after serving as the interim superintendent for seven months.
Jefferson County Public Schools is the largest school district in Kentucky, with 96,000 students attending 167 schools.
Pollio began his career with Jefferson County Public Schools in 1997 as a high school teacher. He served as an assistant principal and principal before becoming acting superintendent.
Pollio is active in the Louisville community and currently serves as a board member with Metro United Way, Fund for the Arts, Kentuckiana Works and the Kentucky Science Center.
He also is involved with the President’s Council of the University of Louisville.
In his acceptance speech, Pollio spoke about the importance of supporting public education in the Commonwealth.
“The great thing about public education is that it means all kids. Every single child. No matter what they bring to your school,” said Pollio, ““We support every child. We support the homeless, special needs, English second language learners, gifted and talented, whatever it may be. We support them all.”