Education director presents award to elementary school

December 11, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Charles B. Zogby, Pennsylvania's top educator, came to Fairview Elementary School Tuesday bringing accolades for a job well done and nearly $44,000 that the school can spend to make even more improvements.

Fairview Elementary was one of 878 schools across Pennsylvania to share nearly $25 million in school performance funding grants for improved state test scores and attendance.

Zogby, Pennsylvania's secretary of education, also named Fairview Elementary as one of seven schools in the state to be honored as a Governor's School of Achievement for improving its state standardized test scores by 50 points or more for each of the last three years.


The school on Fairview Avenue picked up another $19,000 Tuesday for improved test scores and attendance rates in the past year.

According to Beth Gaydos-Williams, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education in Harrisburg, Pa., six other Franklin County schools were awarded school performance grants for improved test scores Tuesday.

They include Greencastle-Antrim High School, $37,000; Scotland School for Veterans Children, $15,000; Mountain View Elementary School in the Tuscarora School District, nearly $8,000; Fayetteville Elementary, $8,000, Gordy Elementary, $5,000, and Scotland Elementary, $20,000.

"The best thing about these grants is they reward and recognize students and their schools for a job well done," Zogby said in a press release. "That is all we can ask from our children - just do your best."

Since the governor's office launched the school performance incentive program six years ago, more than $83 million has been awarded to individual schools. The awards are based on each school's improvement in test scores and attendance compared to its own performance.

Fairview Elementary has won more than $32,000 in performance grants in recent years, Dianne Eberhardt, Fairview assistant principal, said. Nearly half the students who attend Fairview are in the free or reduced lunch program, she said.

"I like to come to places like Waynesboro who do the right thing," Zogby said.

Jeff McCloud, 32, Zogby's press aide, grew up in Waynesboro and attended Fairview Elementary School. He is the son of Thomas and Fern McCloud of Green Street in Waynesboro.

McCloud said he was in the first grade when Fairview Elementary opened in 1975.

McCloud, who lives in Elizabeth in Lancaster County, Pa., said he returns to Waynesboro to visit his parents during the year but Tuesday was the first time he came back professionally.

"It's great to have your personal and professional lives cross paths like this," he said.

About 300 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders sat on the floor in the school gym Tuesday to hear Zogby. The school has a total enrollment of 684 students in grades K-6.

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