Superintendent Lane Abrell of Plainfield School District 202 has been named the 2022 Superintendent of Honor by his colleagues at a regional organization.
The Three Rivers Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) honored Abrell at an awards luncheon Wednesday in Springfield, according to a news release.
“I am very humbled and honored to have been chosen as the Superintendent of IASA Three Rivers Honors,” Abrell said in a statement. “This honor is truly attributed to the fantastic staff, students and community that I have had the good fortune to lead.”
Abrell has been an educator for 36 years and District 202 leader for nine years.
The organization said those who nominated Abrell noted his many successes during his tenure, including the establishment of a full-day kindergarten for all eligible students and a foreign language in all colleges.
The district also earned and maintained financial “recognition” status from the Illinois State Board of Education for Plainfield Schools and achieved record high attendance and advanced level exam scores.
“Illinois superintendents have taken on immense challenges this school year, so it is truly an honor to stand out and be recognized by your peers for outstanding leadership and improving student success,” IASA Executive Director Brent Clark said in a statement. “Each of these superintendents is a great example of how strong leadership can improve the educational environment for students, strengthen communities and keep districts moving forward.”
The Three Rivers region includes Kendall, Will, Grundy and Kankakee counties.
Superintendents of Distinction are chosen by their peers in their region based on their commitment, dedication and leadership.
District 202 serves approximately 25,000 students.