Three Cheers for Excellence in Academics!

Staff Reports

Dr. John Hansen, Superintendent, Beaver Area School District (BASD); Frank Bovalino, Member, BASD School Board; Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, PA Acting Secretary of Education; and Dr. Carrie Rowe, Assistant Superintendent, BASD.

Last week, Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics to two schools in Beaver Area School District, Beaver County: Dutch Ridge Elementary School and College Square Elementary School.

Based on the 2012-13 School Performance Profile, www.paschoolperformance.org, Dutch Ridge Elementary School attained a score of 94.3 percent – the highest score in the district and the highest score among all 51 public schools in Beaver County.  College Square Elementary School followed with a 90.3 percent – the second highest in the district and third highest in Beaver County.

In Fall 2013, Williams provided grant funding to the Beaver schools for its problem-based learning initiative in a technology rich environment.

“We are proud of our scores on the new School Performance Profile,” said Beaver Area School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Carrie Rowe.  “At the same time, we are also proud of the many programs and opportunities that are provided to our students which are not represented in the profile score, such as: high quality foreign language course offerings, Career and Technology Center opportunities, a strong leadership program through JROTC, award-winning Music and Art programs, and problem-based learning initiatives that include our new Student Technology Assistance Program.  While we celebrate the SPP score, we also are cognizant that our students and schools are more than the sum of their test scores.”