Mary Ellbogen-Garland and her mother, Ruth Ellbogen, representing the Ellbogen Foundation, were in Buffalo at the last Johnson County School Board meeting to present the district with a plaque honoring them for becoming the first, and so far, only school district to earn the Ellbogen Meritorious School District certification.
Ellbogen-Garland spoke to the board at their meeting, explaining what the certification means.
Each school in the district has a plaque of their own, listing them as a Meritorious School, and the district has been given a plaque with the schools' names as well as the names of each teacher that has been certified.
Those plaques will be on permanent display at the Administration Building.
Clear Creek Elementary, now Cloud Peak Elementary, was certified in 2011; Meadowlark Elementary and Clear Creek Middle School became certified in 2012; and Buffalo High School and the Kaycee K-12 School became certified in 2014. The district became certified this year as well.
District officials, administration, the certified teachers and those from the Ellbogen Foundation attended a dinner that night to celebrate the teachers' and the district's accomplishments.