Sandwich schools chief named Superintendent of Distinction

SANDWICH – Rick Schmitt, superintendent of Sandwich School District 430, was named a 2018 Superintendent of Distinction through the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Schmitt was given the distinction by colleagues in the Kishwaukee Region of the IASA, according to an IASA news release. He was honored with the distinction at an awards luncheon May 1 in Springfield.

Schmitt was one of 21 IASA-recognized superintendents of distinction this year, according to a Illinois State Board of Education news release.

Schmitt has been an educator for 34 years; about three quarters of that time has been spent in Sandwich schools, and he has been district superintendent the past 19 years, according to the IASA release. He was also an assistant principal and principal at Sandwich High School before becoming superintendent.

Those who nominated Schmitt cited several accomplishments of his, including helping to implement all-day kindergarten and Advanced Placement courses in Sandwich High School. They also said he helped strengthen programs and services for social-emotional learning within school curriculum and helped develop best practices for staff professional development, according to an IASA news release.

Schmitt received his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. He received his master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University.

Schmitt and his wife of 30 years, Beth, have two sons, Paul and Tim, according to the IASA release.

Schmitt said in the release he was “honored and humbled” to be recognized as a superintendent of distinction this year from his colleagues in the Kishwaukee region.

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