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NEW ALBANY, In. (WDRB) -- Staff and Students at Fairmont Elementary School celebrated
being named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. New Albany Floyd County Schools Superintendent
Bruce A. Hibbard and New Albany's major were on hand for the assembly on October 3.
Only 286 schools were
selected to be 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. The award is given to schools
based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving
student academic achievement.
"The blue ribbon federal award program is really the biggest
award a school can achieve," said Fairmont Elementary Principal Susie Gahan. "And
we're very excited to get it. So, only 12 schools in the state of Indiana got
it this year. Seven public, five are private."
Gahan says the schools are nominated by the state's superintendent's
office and then have to go through a months-long application process. She says
the school has shown great improvement over several years.
New Albany's cheerleaders and marching band were on hand for
the celebration assembly. The student will spend the whole day celebrating with outdoor activities.