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Three northern county schools

WARRENSBURG - The staff of three northern Warren County schools, their students and parents - all have a reason to celebrate, considering the results of a comprehensive annual evaluation of their educational effectiveness.

Recently the top administrators of these three districts expressed pleasure over the high ranking of their schools, compared to the 82 other public schools in the Capital Region.

Bolton Central, Lake George Central and Warrensburg Central scored among the top schools in the region for student performance, outcome and educational effectiveness, as measured in the Albany Business Review's annual school rankings.

These three also were the top-ranked schools in Warren County in the study. Bolton was ranked ninth, Lake George was pegged at 13th, and Warrensburg was ranked 16th. The next highest Warren County school in the 2010 rankings was Queensbury Central, at number 17.

The evaluation includes public schools in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Montgomery, Greene, Fulton, Schoharie, and Columbia counties.

Rankings are based on student performance as measured by state tests at both the elementary and high school levels, graduation and dropout rates, financial effectiveness, teachers' salaries, and the percentage of graduates that enroll in two- and four-year colleges.

The Warrensburg School District has a higher than average poverty level and hefty special-education population, yet it has stellar achievement, according to the study results.

Warrensburg superintendent of schools Tim Lawson shared the news with his school board at a recent meeting.

"Warrensburg Central was ranked the highest of all high-need rural school districts," he said." Considering these factors, I am absolutely pleased with the No. 13 ranking."

Most all of the schools scoring in the lowest quintile of the study were identified as "High Needs," bearing testimony to Warrensburg Central's lofty achievement. All of the schools ranked "High Needs" except for Warrensburg and North Warren Central scored in the lowest half. North Warren, ranked No. 42 among the 85 schools.

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