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Jefferson County schools named exemplary

October 30, 2006

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Three Jefferson County schools were named exemplary for 2006-07 by the West Virginia Board of Education, according to a press release from Jefferson County Schools.

The three schools were Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Elementary School, Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Middle School and Shepherdstown Middle School, according to the release.

Seventy-four schools in West Virginia received the accreditation and will be honored at a banquet Nov. 8 in Charleston, W.Va., according to the release.

A school is awarded exemplary accreditation when performance measures and quality standards are met. These include:

Rank in the top 10 percent statewide in student proficiency in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies.

Student attendance rate must be 94 percent or above for the most recent year.

Principals at the honored schools are Suzanne Offutt at Shepherdstown Elementary School, Joe Spurgas at Harpers Ferry Middle School and Judy Marcus at Shepherdstown Middle School.

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This is the fifth time in the past six years that Shepherdstown Elementary School has received exemplary status, according to the release.

All three schools were honored by the Jefferson County Board of Education during an Oct. 26 meeting.

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