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Meet Dr. Paul Gausman

Dr. Gausman is the superintendent of schools for the Sioux City Community School District in Sioux City, Iowa.  Dr. Gausman was named one of three finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year from the National Association of School Superintendents in 2018 and was the 2014 Iowa Superintendent of the Year as recognized by the School Administrators of Iowa.  In Sioux City, he has direct oversight of the educational process for over 15,000 students and the work of nearly 2,500 staff members in 25 student attendance centers.  During his continuing tenure in Sioux City, the District has celebrated many accomplishments including significant gains in academic achievement and the graduation rate; the schools implemented the largest 1:1 student computing initiative at that time in the State of Iowa; the District has been labeled one of 100 original Future Ready Districts in the nation and a Next Generation High School District by the United States Department of Education and the White House; the students and community have benefited from seventeen school construction projects; the District has implemented progressive programs through Specialty Elementary Schools, Middle School STEM-focused exploratory offerings and over 30 Pathways to the Future in Career Academy High School offerings. The educational team continues to deliver some of the most progressive programs in the nation to prevent school-based bullying.

Dr. Gausman was formerly the Superintendent of Schools for the West Central School District in South Dakota, and his past administrative experiences also include those as Coordinator of Middle School Education and Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts for the Sioux Falls Schools in South Dakota.  Paul’s teaching experiences include those as Director of Bands and at Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska, and Marching Percussion Instructor for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Cornhusker Marching Band. 

In addition to his duties in Sioux City, Dr. Gausman serves as a Performing Artist/Clinician with the Yamaha Corporation of America in the area of percussion, and he has served as an adjunct professor in the educational leadership doctoral program at Doane University in Lincoln, Ne. 

Paul holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Sioux Falls, a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is affiliated with many professional organizations in public school administration, education, leadership, and the arts.  

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