By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — Pennsylvania’s secretary of education has nominated Danville High School as one of 13 Pennsylvania schools to be a recipient of the National Blue Ribbon award, which recognizes excellence in public and non-public schools.
“I think it’s a crowning achievement,” said high school principal Lee Gump, announcing the nomination during Tuesday’s Danville school board meeting. “I would love to see this school recognized for its excellence.”
District teachers and administrators are working together to fill out the application process needed to be awarded the National Blue Ribbon School title. The application is due on March 21, after which it will be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education. If Danville High School meets all of the eligibility requirements, they will be notified in September. A November recognition ceremony will take place in Washington, D.C., for all the new schools awarded the National Blue Ribbon this year.
Public school nominees for the Blue Ribbon award are chosen by a state’s chief state school officer, which for Pennsylvania is the secretary of education, according to Aba Kumi, director of the National Blue Ribbon program. Non-public schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.
The National Blue Ribbon program does not release a list of nominees and usually only announces schools that have been given the award, Kumi said.
A total of 420 schools can be nominated from each state, with each state allowed to enter a number of schools based on its size. “The state has put their best 13 forward,” Kumi said of Pennsylvania.
The application process will involve the nominated schools showing the Department of Education how they have addressed educational needs of their student population over the last several years, Kumi said.
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