Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David P. Meaney, Ed.D., has been recognized with the one of the highest honors in California education and was named as one of the top two regional educational leaders in the U.S.
The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) has named Dr. Meaney its recipient of the prestigious Executive Leadership Award. CCSESA Executive Director Dr. Glen W. Thomas attended the November meeting of the Sacramento County Board of Education to formally present a plaque of recognition to Dr. Meaney.
As a result of winning the California award, Dr. Meaney was California's nominee for the national Justice A. Prentice Award. He was one of two national finalists for the Justice A. Prentice Award, which is presented each year by the Association of Education Service Agencies.
David P. Meaney, who has served as Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools since 1989, has more than 37 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. In the words of Dr. Glen Thomas, "David Meaney is highly regarded and respected throughout the United States for his contributions to public education. He truly exemplifies the word 'leadership.'" Dr. Thomas additionally pointed out Superintendent Meaney's "outstanding accomplishments and innovative practices, exercise of leadership, and service to the education community."
The Executive Leadership Award has been bestowed annually since 1997 to recognize "contributions through executive leadership in the advancement of county office of education programs." Nominations for the award are submitted from 58 county superintendents of schools, with final selection of "the most deserving recipient" made by an awards committee comprised of CCSESA officers. Dr. Meaney was notified of his status as the Executive Leadership Award 2001 recipient at a recent CCSESA statewide meeting.
A California Assembly Resolution was also presented at the November 6 meeting of the County Board of Education to formally honor Dr. Meaney's statewide and national recognition. Presenting the resolution on behalf of Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg was Gary Davis.