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Harpst honored by state association

Dr. Mark Harpst, Superintendent of the Platte County R-3 School District, has been named the Missouri Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA).

The announcement of the award was made during the Missouri School Boards' Association and MASA joint fall conference held at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Oct. 25-27.

As the winner of this award, Harpst received a plaque acknowledging his selection; a $500 scholarship for a student in the Platte County R-3 School District; and a commemorative ring. The scholarship is sponsored by the Missouri Securities Investment Program and the ring is provided courtesy of the law firm of Doster, Mickes, James and Ullom. Harpst now will represent Missouri in the National Superinten-dent of the Year program conducted by the American Association of School Administrators.

Harpst has served as superintendent of the Platte County R-3 School District since 1996. He previously served as superintendent of the West Platte R-2 School District from 1991-1996 and as a high school principal at Platte County R-3 (1990-1991), Savannah High School, (1988-1990), DeKalb High School (1984-1988) and Fairfax High School (1983-1984).

Under his leadership, the Platte County R-3 School District has been awarded "Accreditation with Distinction for High Performance" and was one of 39 school districts in Missouri to achieve a perfect score on the Missouri School Improvement Program standards. Platte County High School has been designated as an "A+High School" and two schools, Barry School and Platte City Middle School were recognized in the "Top Ten" in Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) achievement last year.
In the past year, the school district was named as the "Parent's Choice" by the National School Match Program. The district also received statewide recognition when the Missouri Kids Count recognized Platte County as the "Best place to raise children in Missouri." The school district was chosen this past year as the Platte City Chamber of Commerce's "Business of the Year."

Harpst has been recognized in the community and among his peers as an outstanding leader and superintendent. He is currently serving as the President-Elect of MASA, Chairman of the MASA District Review Committee and is president of the Northwest Missouri School Administrators Association. He is a member of American Association of School Administrators, the Missouri Association of School Business Officials and the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Study Group.

Harpst is active in the Platte City Community serving in leadership positions on the Platte City Economic Development Council, the Platte City Chamber of Commerce. Northland Chamber of Commerce, Platte County Economic Development Council, Platte City Lion's Club, KCI Rotary and he has been active as a youth sports coach and the 5th Quarter Alcohol and Drug Free Program for students.