Bart-Colerain celebrates Blue Ribbon award!

| December 9, 2013

Bart-Colerain - bcbcBart-Colerain Elementary School has earned the unique distinction of being a two-time recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Award for educational excellence. On Monday (Dec. 9) at Bart-Colerain, students and former students, teachers and former teachers, parents, community members, representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and state senator Lloyd Shumker’s office, and Solanco administrators and school board members gathered to honor the school’s remarkable achievement. In the photo are Bart-Colerain Principal Sandra Haines, Solanco School Board President Dan Bender, Solanco Superintendent Dr. Martin Hudacs, former Bart-Colerain Principal Bill Coble, and former Bart-Colerain Principal Dr. Robert Dangler (Dr. Dangler is currently Solanco’s Director of Pupil Services.)
During the special program, Solanco Superintendent Dr. Martin Hudacs congratulated students and staff for their “outstanding accomplishment and further adding to the reputation of the Solanco School District.”
Bill Coble said in addition to serving as principal at Bart-Colerain, his wife Cindy was a teacher there, and his grandchildren are now students at Bart-Colerain. Coble said the school is “known for doing a great job of teaching all students.”
Principal Sandra Haines read a letter from former principal Tom Brackbill who wrote that he is proud of the community “for valuing education and supporting students and their teachers.”
The special program also featured student recognition, a performance by an orchestra consisting of current and former students under the direction of music teacher Susan Linde, a mini pep rally with high-flying student cheerleaders, and a collaborative essay by 5th grade students describing why their school is so successful.
Bart-Colerain is the only school in Lancaster County to win the distinguished National Blue Ribbon Award. Its first award was in 2006. Teacher Judy Argue accompanied principal Haines to Washington in November where they were presented with the award. Argue said there are 100,000 schools in the United States, and only 286 received the award this year, including only 15 in Pennsylvania. According to Argue, “You should celebrate what you value. We value education.”


Category: Community Happenings, Elementary News, Featured Stories

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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