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Former superintendent Dr. Herb Berg earns AASA award

Posted: March 12, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Updated: March 13, 2013 5:00 a.m.

 

Former Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Herbert Berg recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

Honorees are recognized for “bringing honor to themselves, their colleagues and the profession; rendering exemplary service to their state or national professional association and contributing to the education field through writing, public advocacy, or other activities,” according to an AASA press release.

Berg served as KCSD superintendent from 2003 until 2007. He most recently served as superintendent of Lexington-Richland School District 5.

Berg spent a total of 46 years in education, including as a superintendent for 35 years for six school districts in Washington, Virginia and South Carolina. Berg was named superintendent of the year in South Carolina, was the executive director of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, and worked with the U.S. Department of State/Office of Overseas Schools, School to School Partnership in China for several years.

Kershaw County Council Chair Gene Wise said in an e-mail that the Distinguished Service Award is “a well deserved honor for an outstanding educator and leader.” Wise said Berg was influential in “developing and implementing” several initiatives including KCSD technology program i-Can, facility upgrades and helped start what is now known as Partners in Education, a partnership between the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and KCSD.

Berg described his time with KCSD as a “terrific opportunity.”

Education has to be a priority of a county, Berg said. He said Kershaw County School Board of Trustees and current KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan are all champions of improving schools.

“Without great schools, you can’t recruit business, and you can’t advance in the state or county without progress in your schools,” he said.

Berg said he is looking forward to seeing the implementation of the Common Core standards, which he said will create a more uniform education system across the country.

A student whose family moves four times throughout his public school career should have a consistent and connected curriculum, he said.

Berg is from Seattle, Wash. He and his wife retired to Virginia.

(The online version of this story has been updated to correct typographical errors found in the original print copy.)

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