Festus Elementary Gets Blue Ribbon

12 Oct

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in town Tuesday to celebrate the recognition of Festus Elementary as a national Blue Ribbon School. The school was one of seven public schools in Missouri and 287 nationwide to get the award from the US Department of Education. The award “honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap, especially among disadvantaged and minority students.” Festus Elementary was also named a Blue Ribbon school in 1999.

Governor Nixon at Festus Elementary 10/7/14

This is the latest of several awards or designations the district has received, including having the county’s best APR score for two years in a row (and also placing in the STL metro area’s top 10 this year) and being named a top workplace in a Post-Dispatch survey. Festus was also the Outstanding Rural Missouri School District for 2013, as named by the Missouri Association of Rural Education.

Other schools in Jefferson County that have received this award, according to the official list, are as follows:

  • Lone Dell Elementary, Fox district, 2003
  • Brennan Woods Elementary, Northwest district, 2007
  • Cedar Springs Elementary, Northwest district, 2009

According to Festus superintendent Link Luttrell, Festus High and Middle Schools have also won Blue Ribbon status. The Festus district website lists a 2001 Blue Ribbon for the high school. However, the official list does not include either school. But the high (2002) and middle (2000) schools have both won Missouri Gold Star awards. Winning a state Gold Star award is the first step to being considered for a Blue Ribbon award. Perhaps there’s some confusion?

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