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Elementary School In McCracken County Receives National Blue Ribbon Award

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The U.S. Department of Education has given its National Blue Ribbon Award to five schools in Kentucky including an elementary school in McCracken County Schools.

The winning schools this year are:

  • Anchorage Independent School in Anchorage, Kentucky
  • Gamaliel Elementary School in Gamaliel, Kentucky 
  • Greathouse/Shryock Traditional Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Heath Elementary School in West Paducah, Kentucky
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky 

According to the Kentucky Department of Education, the award recognizes both public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools this year based on their overall academic excellence and demonstration that all students can achieve high levels. The Department will formally recognize the 302 public and 23 private schools at an event in Washington, D.C. in November.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is in its 39th year and has bestowed more than 10,000 awards to over 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards.

Murray Elementary School won a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2019, and Graves County Central Elementary School won the award in 2017.

More information on the program, and a list of past Kentucky winners, is available here.

Correction: This story incorrectly attributed a quote to Jefferey Sturm, erroneously stating he was the assistant principal at Heath Elementary School. Sturm is the assistant principal at Reidland Elementary School. The quote was from Laine Cooper, the principal at Heath Elementary School. The quote has been deleted from this story.

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