Paint Lick School wins national honor

Paint Lick Elementary School in Garrard County has been designated a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School, according to an announcement Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Education.

Paint Lick is one of six Kentucky schools and 314 nationwide to receive the honor, based in part on student achievement as measured by standardized tests.

"We are excited and proud to be named a Blue Ribbon School," said Larry E. Sparks, principal at Paint Lick.

"I am proud of our students for their successes. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing the best educational plan for each student. It is nice to see their dedication and strong work ethic be recognized."

Schools that are honored in the program must score in the top 10 percent on state tests, or — if at least 40 percent of the students are disadvantaged — show dramatic improvement in test performance.

In addition, schools must meet yearly progress goals in reading and mathematics.

Schools are nominated by the chief school officer in each state.

Other Kentucky schools to win the designation are Hager Elementary in Ashland, East Heights Elementary in Henderson, Potter Gray Elementary in Bowling Green, Ruth Moyer Elementary in Fort Thomas and St. Agnes School in Fort Wright.

"These Blue Ribbon Schools have shown that all children can learn with appropriate support," said Arne Duncan, U.S. education secretary.

"Some have shown dramatic improvements in places where students are overcoming the challenges of poverty, and others serve as examples of consistent excellence."

The schools will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 3 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington.