Ten West Virginia County School Systems Earn SchoolMatch Award

March 26, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Ten West Virginia School Systems were recently honored with the 2004 What Parents Want Award, presented by SchoolMatch, an independent nationwide service that helps corporate employee families find schools that match the needs of their children.  

Schools in Brooke, Cabell, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Putnam and Wood counties were recognized for meeting the needs of families relocating in West Virginia. Only 16 percent of the nation’s 15,573 public school districts have earned this award.  

The counties were selected for their academic test scores as well as being recognized for excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education. They were also noted for their above average library/media services and instructional expenditures on a national percentile basis.  

“West Virginia constantly strives to provide the best education to all of its citizens,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Education and economic development go hand and glove. Many large businesses and potential employees look to the school system when deciding to relocate. We are honored to have our counties’ systems recognized for the commitment to excellence.”  

More than seven million parents accessed SchoolMatch services through a variety of website locations, including national, regional and local real estate firms, chambers of commerce, economic development offices and other family oriented sites.  

For more information on SchoolMatch, visit http://schoolmatch.com.  

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