MORRISONVILLE - Principal Bradley J. Ott has known for some time Morrisonville Elementary School has "something special" about it. Now, his belief has been validated.
Morrisonville Elementary School was recently recognized by the Supporting Successful Strategies to Achieve Improved Results Project, also known as S3TAIR, a statewide initiative which identifies schools that have implemented and sustained curriculum that aids students with disabilities.
During a press conference held at the school March 25, the project's regional facilitator, Job Thomas, congratulated the efforts of the school to meet three areas of practice for which schools are examined - reading/literacy instruction, positive behavioral intervention and supports, and effective delivery of special education instructional services.
Thomas was among a team of three S3TAIR representatives who visited Morrisonville Elementary Feb. 13 to observe the school's teaching practices and interview faculty, staff, students and parents.
"Primarily, we wanted to see what are the structures the school has in place," explained Thomas.
The team was impressed with what they saw, and at the end of the day, informed administrators the school met the S3TAIR Project criteria and would be recognized by the organization.
Ott said he was honored to learn the school was picked among the 70 nominations the S3TAIR Project received from across the state. He credited Joe Otter, the school district's trainer for the PBIS program, for nominating the school for the recognition.
"The fact that Joe Otter thought enough about Morrisonville to refer us to these people means a great deal to me, because we didn't go out seeking this attention," said Ott.
"I'm proud. I'm very proud," Ott continued. "I've known for a long time that we've got something special going on here."
School district superintendent Kenneth O. Cringle said the school's state recognition is "great news for the district," crediting the students for "their hard work and cooperative spirit."