Area School Gets National Honor

An elementary school in our area got a big honor -- one it has worked toward for years.

"We have very, very high expectations at Auburn Elementary, and that is another reason why I think our kids do so well. Because when you expect a lot from them, you get a lot from them," said Joyce Taylor, a fourth grade teacher.

What the kids at Auburn Elementary helped achieve is a national honor few schools can claim. It was one of five in Kentucky, and one of 286 in the nation to be named a Blue Ribbon School.

"I was just on pins and needles and the teachers here could tell you that -- the kids as well. I was anticipating it. We were all anticipating it, but until you actually hear the word, it's nerve racking," said Principal David Ward.

Ward said in the nine years as principal he's seen test scores and overall academic excellence go up.

"But the biggest thing that got us where we're at, a national Blue Ribbon School, has got to be the teachers. I'm a firm believer that great schools have great teachers and good is not good enough here," he said.

Taylor went to school there and has taught for 31 years. She said they have changed how much and when things are taught.

"We are doing things in fourth grade that I did not do until I was in middle school," she said.

She said when she first told her students, they didn't understand the honor the school has just received.

"When we came back to the classroom, I talked with the students and tried to explain to them what this meant to the faculty and staff and what it meant -- that they're the best of the best. Our kids are the best of the best."

She said that's when they got excited.

Taylor said it's the teamwork between principal and staff who truly care about the students that helped them reach the goal.


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