Five Kansas Schools Nominated for Blue Ribbon Schools Awards

Five Kansas Schools, including Ogden Elementary School have been nominated for the 2014 National Blue Ribbon (NBR) Schools Award Program. The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, will invite these schools to apply for the award.

The final selection of the NBR Award will be made in September of 2014, and will be honored at a recognition ceremony in the nation’s capital.

Schools nominated were Oatville Elementary from Wichita, Valley Falls Elementary from Valley Falls, West Bourbon Elementary School from Uniontown, Marais Des Cygnes Valley Elementary from Marais Des Cygnes Valley, and Ogden Elementary.

The NBR program honors schools who’s students achieve at high levels and make significant progress in closing achievement gaps in different student groups. This program is known to set the national standard for the highest level of achievement.

Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker said, “It is a pleasure for me to nominate these schools for the National Blue Ribbon Award Program. [...] The commitment the staff and communities of these schools have shown to helping all students achieve is to be commended. I congratulate them for their accomplishments and thank them for their continued efforts on behalf of our students.”