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Manhattan Elementary Receives Top National Award

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MANHATTAN, Mont. -

Manhattan Elementary School is one of the best schools in the nation.

The U.S. Department of Education named the small town school a National Blue Ribbon School for 2013.

Manhattan Elementary can now brag it is one of only 286 schools across the country to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award for 2013.

It is the only school in the state of Montana to get the award in 2013, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said that's partly because no else the state was eligible.

"They had really good state test scores, which is how they became eligible for the award and went through the process of applying," said Juneau.

The school's principal Scott Schumacher said he had to send an application last spring and they had to make Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2012-2013 school year to receive the honor, which it did.

He said he started the application just over a year ago and sent a 35-page document to the U.S. Department of Education last February.

Schumacher said he felt he needed to apply on behalf of the state.

"I think we needed a representative, which is one of the reasons why I decided yes we needed to do that," said Schumacher.

Juneau agreed.

"It is great to have Montana represented on the national stage," Juneau said. "They get to go to Washington D.C. to receive the plaque, the award with all the other schools across the country."

Schumacher said he's proud of what his school has achieved.

"I'm very proud of my school and my staff, community. It's a great feeling. I'm happy," said Schumacher.

Juneau says other schools in Montana have gotten the award in the past.

National Blue Ribbon School principals and teachers are often called on to give presentations at state, regional, and professional meetings.

A profile of Manhattan Elementary will be featured on the National Blue Ribbon Schools' website.

 

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