According to the U. S. Department of Education, Eastern Greenbrier Junior High in Greenbrier County and Jackson Junior High in Wood County have been named as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
“These schools are fine examples of places where parents, teachers, administrators and the community have formed partnerships to help all students learn to high standards,” said U. S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. “Their hard work, dedication and commitment should serve as a model for other communities that are deeply concerned about the education of America’s students.”
According to State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart, employees at West Virginia’s award-winning schools should be extremely proud, as should the communities that support those schools.
“It takes a great team to create a great school,” he explained. “These schools have been recognized as two of the best in America because of innovative leadership, dedicated staff members and caring communities that are strong advocates for their local schools.”
Nearly 4,000 schools have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools since the program’s inception 17 years ago. The 181 public and 17 private schools honored by the U.S. Department of Education this year are in 43 states and the Department of Defense Education Agency.