All Sheridan's Elementary Schools are Blue Ribbon

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School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty. (Photo by Pat Blair)
School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty. (Photo by Pat Blair)

All but one of Sheridan County School District 2's elementary schools are now designated Blue Ribbon Schools.

District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty said Story Elementary School in the Story community doesn't qualify for the designation because it's too small.

Dougherty said the same was true for Beckton Elementary, which closed in 2008.

He said the latest elementary school to qualify for Blue Ribbon status is Woodland Park. That school and Sheridan Junior High School both received the Blue Ribbon designation around the end of September.

Dougherty said the program, which is national, is the highest honor a school can receive academically.

Dougherty noted that only three schools in the entire state received Blue Ribbon designation this year, and two of those are in Sheridan.

High schools can receive the Blue Ribbon designation, but Sheridan High School hasn't yet. Dougherty said it's much harder for the large schools to achieve that status because of the sheer numbers of students.

But, he said, the district has set the bar higher for the high school in terms of reaching more students who can, and will, do better on the ACT test. He said he believes the high school also has the best Advanced Placement results in the state, and usually has the highest number of merit scholars in the state per capita.

But, he said, the district continues to work at reaching all students and improving the academic results for all.

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District 2 Superintendent Dougherty. (Photo by Pat Blair)
District 2 Superintendent Dougherty. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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