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Schools Receive High Honor

Halifax County Public Schools and five individual county schools have been named as recipients of the 2010 Board of Education Competence To Excellence Award. The local school division is one of 17 in the state to receive this award, and Clays Mill Elementary, Cluster Springs Elementary, Meadville Elementary, Sinai Elementary and South Boston Elementary are among 281 schools statewide tapped by the state board of education as having met the criteria for the award.

“We are very pleased for the division to be one of 17 divisions in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be recognized,” said Assistant Superintendent Joe Griles. “And we especially congratulate the five elementary schools for their achievement and hard work in meeting the benchmarks required to be named to receive this award.”

To be selected, the school division and individual schools must meet all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and are making progress toward the goals of the governor and the Virginia Board of Education.

“This is a great achievement,” Griles added. “We are very proud of our teachers, principals, students, parents and support personnel for their part in attaining this level of achievement.”