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Rhea County's Frazier Elem. nominated for Blue Ribbon School

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By David Carroll

dcarroll@wrcbtv.com

NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB)- Rhea County's Frazier Elementary School is among six Tennessee schools nominated for a national Blue Ribbon Schools award.  The principal is Gayle Kelly and Rhea County's director of schools is Jerry Levengood.  Here is the release from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Six Tennessee schools join the newest class of potential
recipients for the 2011 Blue Ribbon Schools award. The national honor
recognizes academic excellence in schools that have either performed in
the top 10 percent in the state, or made exceptional progress in
academic achievement. Nominated schools are invited by the U.S.
Secretary of Education to complete the award application and will be
reviewed by a federal assessment panel to determine national winners.

"These schools have taken Tennessee's increased expectations and tougher
benchmarks and used them as motivation to engage classrooms, improve
student achievement, and provide high quality education," Education
Commissioner Bruce Opie said. "We are very proud of these schools and
believe that they represent our statewide commitment to prepare every
Tennessee student for future success."

The 2011 Blue Ribbon School nominees are:

High Performing: Schools in the top 10% of the State
Hume Fogg High School, Metro-Davidson
Page High School, Williamson County Schools

Improving Achievement: Schools with at least 40% disadvantaged students
that have dramatically improved student achievement to high levels.
South Greene High School, Greene County Schools
Frazier Elementary, Rhea County
Fairmont, Johnson City Schools
Morristown West High School, Hamblen County Schools

Winners will be announced in fall 2011 and honored at a ceremony in
Washington, D.C. with a plaque and flag signifying their accomplishment.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary,
middle, and high schools that are either high performing or have
improved student achievement to high levels, especially among
disadvantaged students. The program is part of a larger Department of
Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school
leadership and teaching practices. For more information on the Blue
Ribbon Schools program, visit  HYPERLINK
"http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html"
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.

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