The Ohio Department of Education has recognized and awarded 134 schools throughout the state as Schools of Promise for 2008-2009. Clermont Northeastern Elementary School was selected based on its Ohio Achievement Test scores.
“More than 40 percent of our students are considered low income based on the school lunch program and more than 75 percent of those students passed the math and reading achievement tests,” said Glenda Greene, principal. “For the last four years our building has received an excellent rating from the state and we are very excited about getting this award.”
According to Val Davis, dean of students, the award is a result of the hard work and dedication of the staff.
The ODE superintendent of public instruction, Deborah Delisle, said the award was presented to the school because of its commitment to helping all students.
"I truly believe all students have the potential to succeed and that all students, regardless of their zip code, income, race or disability should receive the highest quality education we can provide," said Delisle. "I thank you for your leadership and the commitment of your staff to help all students achieve at high levels."
The CNE Elementary staff members also credit parents and community members for the part they have played in showing support for the school.
"We have accomplished this in spite of budget cuts every year," said Davis. "The schools show support for the families of low income students and many of our students' parents work here as volunteers. We welcome them and appreciate all they do."
According to Davis, the staff members of the school are very dedicated to their jobs as educators.
"The staff members know they are appreciated and that we will support them in every way we can. We all want every child to be successful in school," said Davis.
This award is a great honor for CNE Elementary students and staff members, but there is always more that can be done and higher goals to achieve.
In addition to the School of Promise Award, CNE Elementary educators were recently notified that they have been nominated by the state as a Blue Ribbon School.
"This is a national award," said Greene. "We have certain criteria to meet to achieve this rating and our goal is to become a Blue Ribbon School."
There are 12 to 13 schools in each state which are nominated for this annual award. In order to receive the award, the schools must meet the Adequate Yearly Progress requirements. The school won't know if they have received a Blue Ribbon until next fall when the school report cards are released and the AYP scores are announced.
"We have to be at 75 percent with our scores next spring," said Greene. "Our scores, based on the past four years, have consistently been much higher than 75 percent. Our staff is very aggressive and very committed and I don't think we'll have any problem meeting the criteria."