SELBYVILLE, Del. – Five Indian River School District Schools were honored with awards from the state of Delaware.
Phillip C. Showell, John M. Clayton, and Lord Baltimore elementary schools were named State Recognition Schools. This award is for exceptional performance and closing achievement gaps.
Long Neck and East Millsboro elementary schools were named Delaware Schools of Continued Excellence. This award is for schools that received state awards in 2013 and continued to quality for reward or recognition distinction in 2014 due to their sustained accomplishments.
The awards were created through legislation lead by Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and passed by the Delaware General Assembly in 2009.
Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy, joined by principals, superintendents, educators, parents and students, presented the winning schools with a banner at a ceremony on Nov. 18 recognizing their accomplishments.
“Our teachers and staff annually strive to provide students with the instruction and services they need to realize their full potential,” Superintendent Susan Bunting said. “With the firm belief that no socioeconomic obstacle is too formidable to keep a student from being successful in the classroom, our gifted educators have made Indian River the gold standard for public education in the state of Delaware. The State Recognition awards are validation of their hard work and ‘never say die' attitude. I congratulate each of these award-winning schools for recognizing and nurturing the best in every child.”
The schools will also appoint committees to determine how the grant money will be invested. Statewide there are thirteen Recognition Schools and five Schools of Continued Excellence.