By SHANNON WATKINS
When Snowville Elementary won the Virginia Board of Education Excellence Award, Principal Bridget Parsons pointed out that the school wasn’t especially aiming for it. “We just do the best we can,” she said.
Snowville Elementary is one of only 51 schools in Virginia to receive the award for 2013, the second tier honor in the Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement.
As an award recipient, Snowville Elementary has met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years; and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities as set by the State Board of Education.
“We have some really excellent teachers who feel accountable for all their students,” said Parsons, who has been Snowville’s principal for three years. “The principal here before I was did a great job of creating a culture of excellence.”
She credited this partly to the community of Snowville itself. “It’s a unique place, it really is, and I’m happy to be here.”
Pulaski County School Superintendant Tom Brewster and School Board Chair Michael Barbour both had praise for the school as well.
“It’s not an easy task to earn that distinction, given the changing standards,” said Brewster. “We’re certainly proud we’re one of 51 schools in the state that has exceeded that criteria.”
Said Barbour, “We are proud of Snowville Elementary School, and the board commends the hard work of our community of parents, students, teachers and administrators.”