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Local principals honored

The Pulaski County School Board honored three local elementary school principals in recognition of the achievement of their schools based on the Virginia Board of Education’s Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) program.
Janis Carter, principal of Snowville Elementary, Harold Malcolm, principal at Critzer Elementary and John Bowler, principal of Riverlawn Elementary, were recognized as their three respective schools earned "Excellence Awards" based on the VIP program, which is an incentive created by the Board of Education in July 2007 to advance Gov. Tim Kaine’s "competence to excellence" agenda to encourage advanced learning and achievement in the Commonwealth’s public schools, said Dr. Don Stowers, superintendent of the Pulaski County Public School system.
The highest honor under the VIP program is the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, which 162 public schools in Virginia earned this year, and 89 schools earned last year, Stowers said.
Locally, Snowville Elementary earned the "Excellence Award" and Critzer and Riverlawn Elementary earned the "Competence to Excellence Award."
The VIP program awards points to schools and divisions based on the percentage of students achieving at the advanced level on Standards of Learning assessments and progress made toward educational goals advocated by Gov. Tim Kaine and adopted by the Board of Education, Stowers said.
To qualify for the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and meet Kaine’s goals for achievement in elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by grade eight, enrollment in college-level courses, attainment of advanced diplomas and career and industry certifications, and participation, if eligible, in the Virginia Pre-School Initiative. Bonus points can be earned for other performance measures, including the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.

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Local principals honored

The Pulaski County School Board honored three local elementary school principals in recognition of the achievement of their schools based on the Virginia Board of Education’s Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) program.
Janis Carter, principal of Snowville Elementary, Harold Malcolm, principal at Critzer Elementary and John Bowler, principal of Riverlawn Elementary, were recognized as their three respective schools earned "Excellence Awards" based on the VIP program, which is an incentive created by the Board of Education in July 2007 to advance Gov. Tim Kaine’s "competence to excellence" agenda to encourage advanced learning and achievement in the Commonwealth’s public schools, said Dr. Don Stowers, superintendent of the Pulaski County Public School system.
The highest honor under the VIP program is the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, which 162 public schools in Virginia earned this year, and 89 schools earned last year, Stowers said.
Locally, Snowville Elementary earned the "Excellence Award" and Critzer and Riverlawn Elementary earned the "Competence to Excellence Award."
The VIP program awards points to schools and divisions based on the percentage of students achieving at the advanced level on Standards of Learning assessments and progress made toward educational goals advocated by Gov. Tim Kaine and adopted by the Board of Education, Stowers said.
To qualify for the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and meet Kaine’s goals for achievement in elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by grade eight, enrollment in college-level courses, attainment of advanced diplomas and career and industry certifications, and participation, if eligible, in the Virginia Pre-School Initiative. Bonus points can be earned for other performance measures, including the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.

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