by Terry Rogers
On Monday, December 2, Lulu M. Ross Elementary School was presented with a 2019 Recognition School Designation at a ceremony held at North Dover Elementary School. Ross was one of 17 schools recognized by Secretary of Education Susan Bunting at the event.
“It is my honor and privilege to be here today to recognize the schools we are here to celebrate,” Secretary Bunting said. “We are here to celebrate the work we have done for our students, helping them achieve exceptional scores or made progress in closing achievement gaps between student groups, including those from low-income families, racial minority groups and students with disabilities.”
As a result of the recognition, Ross will receive an $8,000 award. Funding for the program comes from the state’s school improvement funds. According to Shani Benson, Principal of North Dover Elementary School, Secretary Bunting has spent her career helping children achieve.
“Prior to 2017, Dr. Bunting led Indian River School District, the state’s largest district with a high number of low-income students and students for whom English is a second language. One of the things Dr. Bunting strived for in Indian River as that there be no exceptions and no excuses. Dr. Bunting believes that it is our job as educators to help every child reach their fullest potential. It is our job to help every child be the best that they can be.”
Dr. Kevin Dickerson, Superintendent of Milford School District, was pleased and excited to have Ross recognized at the ceremony today.
“This is definitely an honor,” Dr. Dickerson said. “Mispillion Elementary School was a Recognition School in 2017 and named as a School of Excellence for 2018. A committee will be appointed by Ross to determine the best way to use the funds they have received as a result of this recognition. We are extremely proud of our Ross students and they are to be commended for their academic success. We also want to recognize parents and staff for the support they provide to our children on a daily basis.”
Secretary Bunting echoed Dr. Dickerson’s words as she closed out the ceremony, which included two songs performed by the North Dover Elementary School Chorus as well as the Pledge of Allegiance led by the North Dover Elementary School Safety Patrol.
“As we celebrate, we must recognize the dedication and hard work of all the students, parents and school staff who made it possible for the school’s mentioned today to achieve this goal,” Secretary Bunting said. “It takes a focused effort of all to help children succeed. It takes a partnership that includes students, parents and teachers to make this happen.”
Ross received a banner and framed certificate that will be displayed at the school.
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