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Chazy Central tops academic ranking in tri-county area

Business First also ranks Chazy 44th out of 431 upstate school districts

Chazy Central Rural School teacher Justin Frechette works on an immigration project with students in his social studies class earlier this week. The school ranked first in academic rankings in the tri-county area by Business First.

Chazy Central Rural School teacher Justin Frechette works on an immigration project with students in his social studies class earlier this week. The school ranked first in academic rankings in the tri-county area by Business First. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— Having smaller class sizes also doesn’t hurt, the superintendent added.

“I’m a firm believer in small K through 12 schools providing a better education for students,” said Fairchild. “It’s very hard for kids in smaller schools to fall through the cracks.”

The school’s recognition by Business First is something Fairchild believes will help gain more attention nationwide of an already sterling academic reputation at Chazy Central.

“I think our academic reputation is already out there, when kids are applying to colleges,” said Fairchild. “Plattsburgh State and Clinton Community College already know the quality of students who graduate from here. But, again, this is still a great pat on the back.”

Business First has utilized raw data from the New York State Education Department to issue annual performance ratings for Western New York schools since 1992. However, the publication’s analysis of school districts expanded to the Rochester area in 2010 and, this year, to include the greater Plattsburgh and North Country area.

“It’s an honor to be included,” said Fairchild. “Now, it’s back to the business of teaching our kids.”

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