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S3TAIR Project recognizes local

MORRISONVILLE - The news keeps getting better for Morrisonville Elementary School.

The school was recognized for its continued excellence by the Supporting Successful Strategies to Achieve Improved Results Project, also known as S3TAIR, during a Saranac Central School District Board of Education meeting Feb. 22. This is the second time the school has received recognition from the statewide initiative, which identifies schools that have implemented and sustained curriculum that aids students with disabilities.

Principal Bradley J. Ott said S3TAIR regional facilitator Job Thomas returned to the school district to inform the board Morrisonville Elementary has been selected to be a mentor school - one of 14 such schools to achieve that level of excellent and receive a $10,000 grant.

"That was quite a surprise," said Ott.

The grant, explained Ott, will assist the school with helping S3TAIR document what Morrisonville Elementary has done to become a standout school. The money will help with hiring substitute teachers so S3TAIR representatives may conduct interviews with staff, pay for travel when staff members are invited to speak at other schools, and other necessary items for helping S3TAIR conduct its research.

Last March, Morrisonville Elementary was observed by S3TAIR and found to be one of approximately 50 schools validated for outstanding practices in three instructional areas - reading/literacy instruction, positive behavioral intervention and supports, and effective delivery of special education instructional services. However, Morrisonville Elementary was and continues to be the only school in the entire state to receive validation in all three areas.

School district superintendent Kenneth O. Cringle said the award is "a tremendous achievement and honor for the Morrisonville community as well as the Saranac district" because the district's educational practices mirror one another throughout the school system.

"The Morrisonville staff, administration, students and parents deserve special recognition for their outstanding efforts in striving to meet the needs of all students," said Cringle. "Their collective efforts in the pursuit of excellence is admired and applauded.

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