[Pearl River]–Franklin Avenue Elementary School has been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, Secretary Arne Duncan announced yesterday. Franklin Ave. School is the only school in Rockland County and one of 287 public and 50 private schools recognized nationwide this year. This is the second time that Franklin Avenue School has been recognized by the Department of Education. The first National Blue Ribbon School Award was received in 2008.
The National Blue Ribbon School Program awards schools either for being an “Exemplary High Performing School”, or for their success in closing achievement gaps. Franklin Avenue School was nominated by the NYS Education Department for placing among the top 15 percent of all schools in New York State on the state standardized tests. Upon being nominated, the school completed a detailed application outlining their curriculum and instructional strategies.
“We are very proud of Franklin Avenue’s Blue Ribbon School designation. It is an extraordinary recognition that is the end result of the everyday efforts in teaching and learning by the whole Franklin Avenue school community, especially its teachers, students and Principal Maureen Alaimo,” said Marco Pochintesta, Pearl River School District Superintendent. “Any time spent in the classrooms at Franklin Avenue will lead one to understand that it is truly a special place with a dedicated staff and caring community. It is important to also recognize and appreciate the leadership of the Pearl River School District Board of Education and former Superintendent, Dr. John Morgano, for the support and direction they provided to Franklin Avenue Elementary School, as well as all of the Pearl River Schools, in the time leading up to the award,” he added.
Franklin Avenue Principal, Maureen Alaimo shared a similar intent, “I am so proud of my teachers, students and parents of the Franklin Avenue School community. Working together, our students have accomplished so much. The Blue Ribbon School recognition affirms all of our hard work.”
As a Blue Ribbon School, Mrs. Alaimo and one teacher will travel to Washington D.C. in November for a recognition ceremony where they will receive their Blue Ribbon School plaque and flag. A school-wide celebration will be planned shortly.