CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Eight West Virginia schools that have earned the prestigious Schools of Excellence award for 2008-2009 were the guests of honor at a recent banquet.
“Rewarding the hard work and dedication of school administrators and teachers is vital as our state increases the rigor of our curriculum and incorporates 21st century learning skills into the classroom,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “These schools have continually raised the academic bar and deserve this recognition.”
Schools of Excellence are selected based on the following criteria: a rigorous and challenging curriculum, a safe and drug-free learning environment, participatory leadership, active teaching and learning, an environment that strengthens teacher skills, documented student achievement and implementing advanced and innovated programs.
The 2008-2009 Schools of Excellence are:
· Buffalo Elementary – Wayne County
· Creed Collins Elementary – Ritchie County
· DuPont Middle School – Kanawha County
· George Washington Middle – Putnam County
· Meadow Bridge Elementary – Fayette County
· Monroe County Technical Center – Monroe County
· Pleasant View Elementary – Morgan County
· Stanaford Elementary – Raleigh County
Individual school applications were reviewed by a panel over a two-day period. Site visits followed to the schools, which provided each visitor with verification and documentation to support a final recommendation for recognition.
For more information on West Virginia Schools of Excellence, contact David Perine, executive director of the Office of Human Resources, at (304) 558-3401, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
Pictures from the event can be viewed here: http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2008/2009soe/