According to State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart, West Virginia’s four National Blue Ribbon nominees will be in competition with other schools across the nation for the right to call themselves National Blue Ribbon Schools in 2002.
“The schools being honored exemplify the best of education in West Virginia and the nation,” Stewart said. “These outstanding schools exhibit high student achievement, a rigorous and challenging curriculum, a safe and drug-free learning environment, participatory leadership, active teaching and learning, an environment that strengthens teacher skills, and documented student achievement. In short, these are well-managed schools that produce exemplary results.”
West Virginia’s National Blue Ribbon Schools nominees include: Musselman Middle, Berkeley County; Sherrard Junior High, Marshall County; James Monroe High, Monroe County; and Winfield Middle, Putnam County.
West Virginia’s 2001 Schools of Excellence include: Berkeley Heights Elementary, Burke Street Elementary and Hedgesville Middle, Berkeley County; Milton Elementary, Cabell County; Adamston Elementary, Lumberport Middle and Washington Irving Middle, Harrison County; Roane-Jackson Technical Center, Jackson County; Shepherdstown Junior High and South Jefferson Elementary, Jefferson County; Logan Elementary, Logan County; Blackshere Elementary and East Fairmont High, Marion County; Sanford Elementary, Marshall County; Frankfort Middle, Mineral County; Peterstown Middle, Monroe County; Buffalo High and West Teays Elementary, Putnam County; Maxwell Hill Elementary, Raleigh County; Ceredo Kenova Middle, Wayne County; Blennerhassett Elementary, Wood County; and Huff Consolidated Elementary, Wyoming County.
Tony Smedley, executive director for the Office of Human Resources, West Virginia Department of Education, coordinates the state’s school recognition programs.
According to Smedley, the choice is often extremely difficult for committees reviewing applications and conducting on-site visits.
“West Virginia has many outstanding schools,” Smedley explained. “These schools were selected because they exhibit attributes of quality found in the nation’s top schools. Following a thorough review of applications and extensive on-site reviews, committee members selected 26 of the best schools in West Virginia for these prestigious honors.”