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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Lawrenceburg Public Nominated For Prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools Award

   A Lawrenceburg elementary school is among six nominated throughout the state for the prestigious national Blue Ribbon Schools award.

   Tennessee’s nominations for the award are made by Tennessee Commissioner of Education Lana Seivers. Seivers makes the nominations in order to recognize schools, “either for making dramatic gains or leading their state in student academic achievement.” Schools may be nominated in three categories, including: 

*schools in the top 10 percent of the state serving at least 40 percent disadvantaged students

*schools with at least 40 percent disadvantaged students that have improved student achievement to high levels

*schools in the top 10 percent of the state with fewer than 40 percent disadvantaged students.

   “It is a pleasure to spotlight Tennessee schools for the good work they do,” Seivers said. “Meeting the criteria for Blue Ribbon status is a tremendous achievement of which the faculty and students should be proud.”

   Lawrenceburg Public Elementary is the only local school nominated for the national award. Also making the list of nominations are:

*John P. Freemon Optional School, Memphis City

*Mountain City Elementary School, Johnson City

*Northwest Elementary School, Fayette County

*Walnut Grove Elementary, Hardin County

*Greeneville High School, Greeneville City

   Seivers tells local residents, “I encourage the communities served by these schools to recognize their accomplishment.” She adds, “On behalf of Governor Bredesen and the State of Tennessee, I express sincere gratitude and congratulations.”

   Each of the schools nominated will be invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for the national honor.