At Chazy, the school community has embraced testing and new standards, Tregan said, adding that school board members do not have personal agendas and instead think about how their decisions affect students. There is a culture among staff of caring for students and maintaining a positive outlook, and staffers understand that the children are who they are there for, the elementary school principal added.
“It is a true academic environment,” he said.
The community is extremely supportive of education, Tregan said, and Chazy is small.
“One of our tremendous assets is our size,” Fairchild agreed.
Chazy is one of the few places where every student gets opportunities, Fairchild said.
“We understand what we do well with an eye toward the future,” he said.
Tregan said he loves working at Chazy. He remarks that there are not many student issues, parents rarely complain and staffers care. The Blue Ribbon nomination speaks well for students, the school community and staff, he said.
Regardless of whether or not the school ultimately gets a Blue Ribbon Award, the application process and the reflection it entailed were positive experiences for the school, Tregan said.