Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman is one of four finalists for national superintendent of the year.
His selection was confirmed Tuesday morning by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, which named Silberman last week as Kentucky's 2009 Superintendent of the Year.
The American Association of School Administrators sponsors the national award.
Silberman was selected from a pool of 50 state superintendents of the year from across the nation.
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Wayne Young, executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, said Silberman's selection reflects his "outstanding record of accomplishment."
"To be selected ... from such a distinguished group of 50 colleagues is a testament to his outstanding abilities, and it is a singular honor for him, for the Fayette County Schools, and for the entire state of Kentucky," Young said.
Silberman, however, continued to downplay his own role, crediting the success of the overall Fayette County school program with earning him attention from both the state and national organizations.
"At this point in time, I feel like we're taking the team to the NCAA Final Four," Silberman said.
When Silberman arrived in 2004, Fayette County Public Schools had endured a string of short-term leaders. Since then, scores on the state testing system have consistently increased and the school board gained public support to raise property taxes for school construction.
A national panel of judges will interview Silberman and the three other finalists in January to determine the winner, which will be announced Feb. 20 in San Francisco.
Silberman is only the second Kentucky superintendent to be named a finalist for the national award. Donald Ingwerson, superintendent of the Jefferson County schools, was a finalist in 1992, and went on to win national superintendent of the year.