Morrisonville story goes to Washington

MORRISONVILLE - School may be out for the summer, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot going on at Morrisonville Elementary School.

The school has received much recognition over the past year from Supporting Successful Strategies to Achieve Improved Results Project - a state-level program also known as S3TAIR - for being a learning institution which has implemented and sustained curriculum that aids students with disabilities. Now, Morrisonville Elementary is being recognized on the

national level.

In a July 15 interview, S3TAIR regional facilitator Job Thomas revealed Morrisonville Elementary was to be one of three schools in New York State to be highlighted at a symposium in Washington, D.C., July 19-22. The focus of the symposium was to demonstrate how states utilized federal grant funding to improve education.

Last year, 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. Morrisonville Elementary was and continues to be the only school in the entire state to receive validation in all three areas.

It was under the direction of Bradley J. Ott, now retired principal of Morrisonville Elementary, that Thomas credits much of the progress made at the school.

"Mr. Ott's effective transformational leadership over the past 20 years has really contributed positively to all the things that we see at Morrisonville," said Thomas.

In addition to working collaboratively with Morrisonville Elementary staff over the years, Thomas said Ott's continued efforts to publicize the school's triumphs in the media was something that helped the school stand out.

"It's just another example of some of the things that he has done as a leader that's really contributed to the school and obviously improved outcomes for not just students with disabilities, but all students," said Thomas. Ott said he was honored to learn of the recognition, calling it an opportunity that comes along "once in a lifetime."

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