Moline High School Principal William Burrus has been chosen by the Illinois Principals Association as the 2011-12 High School Principal of the Year.

The award presented by Horace Mann insurance company and the association recognizes high school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community.

Burrus has been principal at the school for four years, during which Moline has seen record scores in student achievement, attendance and graduation rate, according to an announcement of the award. Burrus attributes the series of successes to a great student body and a dedicated, hard-working staff that is willing to adjust instructional strategies to meet the demands placed on today’s high school graduates.

“High school principals serve students at a critical juncture of their learning and development. Dr. Burrus is to be commended for his leadership and efforts to do what is best for his students,” Jason Leahy, IPA executive director, said.

The winner was selected from a pool of region nominees provided by the 21 regions of the Illinois Principals Association.  Burrus will be recognized at the IPA’s annual fall conference in October and will receive a $1,000 honorarium. He also will compete for the National High School Principal of the Year sponsored by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.