The day before Wythe County students headed back to the classroom, the governor announced that the school system and several of its schools had earned 2017 Virginia Index Performance Awards.
Speedwell Elementary School was one of 146 across the state and the only school in Wythe County to receive the Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-highest honor. A Russell County elementary school, three elementary schools in Scott County and Central High School in Wise County also earned the distinction. Washington County’s Greendale Elementary, High Point Elementary and Watauga Elementary schools also were named Board of Excellence Award winners. The second-tier honor is given to schools and divisions that meet all state and federal benchmarks and make significant progress toward goals set by the state.
“This specific award is not simply given. It is earned,” said Dr. Jeff Perry, superintendent of Wythe County schools. “The teachers, administration, and support staff have worked relentlessly to provide a quality education to our students. This award is a direct result of their hard work, dedication, and commitment. We are extremely fortunate to have such quality educators working with the youth of Wythe County.”
Nine schools – six of them in Arlington County and two more in Fairfax County – earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, the highest honor.
On Aug. 8, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced, in conjunction with the Virginia Board of Education, that 386 schools and 17 school divisions had earned 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards.
Fifteen divisions and 231 schools earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. The third tier recognition honors schools that meet all state and federal benchmarks and make progress toward the goals set by the state.
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