COLUMBUS — Lakeview Junior/Senior High School’s fifth-year principal, Steve Borer, has two nearly identical plaques hanging above the bookshelves in his office.
He recently received one, and the other has been there a few years.
Borer received the 2013-14 Region III High School Principal of the Year Award from the Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals (NSASSP) during a banquet last week in Norfolk. Region III includes 19 counties in northeast Nebraska.
“When I saw my name, I knew there were great candidates on the nominee list and I was certainly honored,” the 40-year-old said.
"There were some really talented principals nominated besides me," he added.
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This isn't Borer’s first NSASSP recognition.
Prior to his time overseeing the nearly 400 students at Lakeview, he was a middle school principal for seven years at Leigh Community Schools.
Borer was nominated for a similar honor, recognizing quality leadership in education, and presented with the Region III Middle School Principal of the Year Award in 2008-09.
“Steve is well respected and his colleagues recognize that,” said Dr. Michael Dulaney, executive director of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators.
Borer now heads to the State Principals Conference in Kearney, where the NSASSP will recognize the principal of the year for the entire state.