Jim T. Rumage Superintendent of the Banquete Independent School Distrcit, is the recipient of a scholarship to attend the Lamar University Superintendent Academy, an advanced leadership training program on Lamar University's Beaumont campus.

According to the program's executive director, Bob Thompson, participation in the academy is by invitation only. The 26 superintendents in the 2010-2011 class were chosen from a list of approximately 70 nominees from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

At the academy, Rumage will review the latest technology for enhancing student learning, participate in advanced leadership training from trainers of company executives, and get training in the Decision Support Center, a high tech laboratory for improving the speed and quality of management decision making.

Rumage will also have an opportunity to visit other school districts to review practices that have helped make those districts successful.

Thompson said the knowledge superintendents glean from work in the academy is immediately applicable to any district, regardless of size or location. To assist districts in incorporating these management concepts, the academy will host a three-day visioning session for academy superintendents and their boards.

They will also meet with boards and superintendents from similarly-sized districts to share ideas for increasing student achievement and developing a vision for the future.

The academy is designed to provide professional growth opportunities with the least amount of time from the district.