By Echo Menges
The Knox County R-1 School District Bus Cafe project received the 2021-22 Missouri Association of School Administrators-McKinstry Innovation Award for 2021-22.
Each year, two innovation prizes are awarded – one to a medium to large school and one to a small school. The collaboration between MASA and McKinstry was designed to encourage high-impact innovation in education, seen as a motivational educational tool for students and staff.
The Innovation Award recipients were announced at the MASA Spring Conference held March 17, 2022. KCR-1 Superintendent Andy Turgeon accepted the Early School Award on behalf of of the KCR-1 School Bus Cafe project.
The Middle to Large School Award was presented to the Washington School District for its participation in “Horizons Academy: Pathway to Employment.”
Districts were judged on project goals, innovation with impact, creativity, percentage of students and staff impacted by the project, ability to replicate the project in future years and in other districts , and the extent to which the project has improved the quality of teaching/learning for students and staff.
A cash prize is also given with the prize to further support innovation in the winning districts. The $1,250 prize money portion of the prize will be divided between the KCR-1 School District Commercial and Industrial Technology classes.
“I am extremely proud. This is the fourth year that this prize has been awarded. Thanks to the support of the community and our staff, we are able to provide our students with incredible experiences. It’s a great example of what students can do when allowed to be creative,” said KCR-1 Superintendent Andy Turgeon.