Union School District Superintendent and Chamber President Dr. Steve Weinhold earned the top honor at the 47th annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet Saturday night.
The Chamber hosts the annual banquet to honor Union residents for their commitment and dedication to the community.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented by last year’s recipient, Bob Schmuke.
“John C. Maxwell once said: ‘A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way,’ ” Schmuke said. “This year’s winner is a true leader by that definition.”
Schmuke said Weinhold knows the way for the future workforce and his mission is to take the Union School District in that direction by creating a pathway between organizations.
The nomination letter emphasized this pathway.
“He also has been instrumental in creating a bridge for the school district, Chamber, city of Union and UDC (Union Development Corporation) to try to work together for the betterment of the community by trying to understand what future needs industry will need from the future workforce and trying to place students in a position to work toward being a relevant workforce,” it read.
Additionally, Weinhold is leading the district toward a solution for overcrowding with the proposal of a no-tax increase bond issue, which will be on the ballot this April, Schmuke noted.
Funds from the bond issue, if passed, will “build a new school and update aging facilities that will serve the district for many years to come,” he said.
Letters in the nomination packet lauded Weinhold for his support of students and staff.
One highlighted an incident in which, after a bus had slid off the road in icy conditions, Weinhold personally followed the bus to a safe location and helped students off the bus.
“He continued to follow the bus and this happened at every stop made along Denmark Road,” the letter states.
Dr. Virgil Weideman, school board president, said Weinhold is the best superintendent the school district has had in the last 30 years in which he’s has been on the board.
Weinhold is more than just a leader to his staff in the district, he also demonstrates such leadership to the student population within the schools, the nomination said. Quite often, you will see Weinhold at numerous after-school activities supporting kids and staff.
“We all know that Steve works hard to lead the Union School District and is having great success in helping guide the district in a new direction. It takes a great leader to do such work,” the nomination letter said.
It also was noted that Weinhold is respected among his peers across the state. He has been a presenter at several conferences, schools and academies.
Weinhold is an active member of the Rotary Club and St. Joseph-Neier Church. He also is active with the Union Chamber of Commerce and was responsible for bringing a new event, Wingfest, to Union, which was successful in its first year.
Weinhold and his wife, Tammy, have two children, Brady and Madison.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University, a Master of Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, advanced certification from UMSL and a doctorate’s degree in educational leadership from Missouri Baptist University. He has instructed several college-level courses at William Woods University and Central Methodist University.
During his career, Weinhold has served as a baseball and basketball coach, physical education teacher, ISS teacher coach, assistant principal and principal at various schools in the region.
He was named the South Central Middle School Principal of the Year in 2013.
Weinhold is a member of several professional organizations and participates in professional development opportunities.