The leader of the Houston R-1 School District was honored last month for his “outstanding performance as a new superintendent.”

Scott Dill was one of six Missouri superintendents recognized by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for his work in Houston. He was nominated by his colleagues from the southwest district and recognized at the March 19 spring banquet for his “measurable contribution” to the school district.

Dill joined Houston Schools as middle school principal in 2007 and was named the “acting superintendent” in December 2011 when Dr. Dan Vandiver requested a professional leave of absence and later resigned. Dill was selected from a pool of 13 candidates in January 2012 as the new superintendent. His officially duties began that July.

Dill’s biggest accomplishment during his tenure as superintendent was leading the way for a $4 million bond issue that passed with 72-percent approval in April 2013. It was a resounding vote of support after two previous bond issues under previous administration had failed.

The approved project included an expanded cafeteria, new library, roof repairs, air conditioning inside Hiett Gymnasium and connecting the current middle and high school buildings. Roof work is currently underway and demolition is scheduled to begin this month on new construction. The air conditioning project was completed last summer.

Dill graduated from Humansville High School in 1991 and received an undergraduate degree in social studies and library science in 1997 from Southwest Missouri State. His first teaching job was the library media specialist and technology director at Macks Creek Schools, where he remained for 10 years before coming to Houston.

Dill’s wife, Amy, is the Houston Elementary School principal. He has two daughters, Caroline, 13, and Maura, 9, enrolled at Houston Schools.

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