A former principal and assistant superintendent in Haven USD 312 who now leads Seaman USD 345 is in the running for 2019 Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

Seaman’s Steve Noble and Smoky Valley USD 400 Superintendent Glen Suppes emerged as the two finalists for the honor. The winner will be announced Oct. 26, according to the Kansas School Superintendents Association.

Superintendents were nominated by their peers for the annual award. Over the next two weeks, according to the KSSA press release, Noble and Suppes will be interviewed by a committee comprised of former Kansas Superintendents of the Year, the release said.

Noble was at Haven USD 312 from 1998 to 2009. At one point, he was principal of Haven Middle School and Yoder Charter School. He left Reno Count in 2009 to become superintendent at Durham-Hillsboro-Lehigh USD 410. In July 2016, he took the helm at Seaman USD. A collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka and planning for a cohesive early childhood learning program are a couple of milestones that have occurred in Seaman’s school district in the last two years, according to the release.

Suppes became superintendent of Smoky Valley USD in 2000. It is the only school district where he has been superintendent. Funding cuts required the closing of an elementary school in Marquette, but the district has made strides in technology. “Today his students are receiving more opportunities and support than ever before,” the press release said.