Hancock school will get Blue Ribbon inspection

January 30, 1998


Staff Writer

HANCOCK - Hancock Middle/Senior High School moved ahead Thursday in its quest to be named a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

The Maryland State Department of Education announced that Hancock is one of four schools in the state that will be visited by U.S. Department of Education officials in the spring to determine if it should get the high award.

"It's a big honor," said Darla Strouse, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education.

Hancock is one of two Western Maryland schools that will be visited by U.S. Department of Education officials, Strouse said. Middletown Middle School in Frederick County also moved ahead in the contest, Strouse said.


The other two schools to get site visits are Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County and Dumbarton Middle School in Baltimore County, Strouse said.

The four schools were selected from among 11 Maryland schools that received the state Blue Ribbon School for Excellence award in November. There are 1,284 public schools in the state.

Being named a National Blue Ribbon School is one of the highest awards that can be given to a school. A number of schools will win the award nationally, and will be recognized later this year in a ceremony attended by President Clinton and Secretary of Education Richard Riley.

The site visits involve a thorough examination of the school and interviews with a large number of people including the schools superintendent and parents, officials said.

"With each step in the process our chances get a little bit better. The visit itself will tell the tale," said Hancock assistant Principal Lynn Miller.

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