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Jordan superintendant wins national award

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Jordan Superintendent Barry Newbold is receiving the first-ever national award for excellence in year-round education.

Newbold will receive the premiere Norman R. Brekke Award at the National Association for Year-Round Education's 37th annual conference in San Diego later this month, the district announced.

"There are only a handful of administrators in the nation who exemplify these qualities. Barry Newbold is at the top of that list," association executive director Sam Pepper said in a prepared statement. "He is a man of character and administrative competence. His dedication to providing more time for learning to the students in the Jordan School District has a set standard that school districts nationally should strive to emulate."

Jordan District began year-round schools in 1985. It has 28 year-round elementaries; two more are expected next fall.

Norman Brekke was a pioneer in year-round education. The association focuses on using learning time more effectively to boost student achievement, and promotes year-round calendars to stem summer learning loss.