R. C. Waters Elementary School was recognized and honored recently by the Ohio Department of Education as one of 141 “Schools of Promise” in the State of Ohio.
R.C. Waters was the only school in Ottawa County to earn the distinction, and with more than 4,100 schools in the state, the honor has been well received by the Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools community.
The Ohio Department of Education developed the “School of Promise” program to identify, recognize and highlight schools that are making substantial progress in ensuring high achievement for all students.
“Schools of Promise are examples of what can happen when principals, teachers, parents and community members all believe that children can learn,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard Ross. “These schools overcome challenges, sometimes significant challenges, to provide high-quality education to Ohio children.”
All public elementary and secondary schools in Ohio that serve a student population with 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students (students on free/reduced lunch) were eligible to be selected as a “School of Promise.”
To be selected as a School of Promise, the “all students,” and students in the “economically disadvantaged” sub group had to earn a 75% or greater proficiency rate on state assessments during the 2012-2013 school year. Further, the school had to earn an A or B on the “Annual Measurable Objective” and “Progress Grade” measures on 2012-2013 the local report card.
Principal Karen Gruber and the staff of R.C. Waters Elementary were recognized by B-C-S Board of Education at the Oct. 22 meeting for achieving the “School of Promise” distinction.
At the Oct. 22 board of education meeting, B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian recognized R.C. Waters Elementary School Principal Karen Gruber for the school’s “School of Promise” distinction.