A former Panhandle school administrator has won the Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals’ Distinguished Service Award for 2018.
Troy Lurz, who is currently in his third year as the principal in Gibbon, was recognized in large part for his collaborative efforts and ability to build relationships, according to the recommendations he received for the award.
Lurz received his education from Chadron State College and served as a principal in Chadron and Hay Springs and as a principal and activities director in Crawford. He was also an administrator in Ogallala.
He has been active in many professional organizations such as the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA) having served on the executive board; the Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals (NSASSP) as the state president in 2015 and previous president for Region V; the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Mr. Lurz also received the NSASSP Distinguished Service Award in 2015. In 2017 Troy was awarded the Nebraska FCCLA National School Administrator Award. Mr. Lurz is also very active in the community and currently serves as the president of the Gibbon Chamber of Commerce.
Sina Martin Lehn, a parent from Gibbon, states, “Exceptional communication practices and demonstrated leadership are hallmarks of Mr. Lurz skill set. He seeks to coordinate and find avenues for success for a wide variety of students from diverse backgrounds. He prides himself on being a hands-on principal and takes every possible opportunity to check in with students, staff and patrons.”