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Hornets achieve ranking

Nov. 01, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

DEERING, Ohio -- Oct. 24 was a good day to be a Hornet, as Dawson-Bryant students, teachers and administrators recognized the district's excellent ranking and Dawson-Bryant Elementary's ranking as being "excellent with distinction," said Superintendent Dennis DeCamp.

This marks the second time Dawson-Bryant Elementary has received the designation, DeCamp said. Some 440 out of 3,300 Ohio schools received the award, but Dawson-Bryant Elementary was the only one in Lawrence County, he said.

"We put a lot of time and effort at the elementary level," DeCamp said. "We have a solid high school staff and we've been trying to make improvements at the middle school. I think it's a districtwide effort. I congratulate our teachers and aides and our students and parents. I want to congratulate our certified and non-certified employees. It was a team effort.

"We were absolutely elated when we heard the news," he said. "It means we're making our district a better place to learn."

Dawson-Bryant High School and Dawson-Bryant Middle School received effective ratings in the latest state report card, DeCamp said.

Dawson-Bryant Elementary Principal Angie LaFon said the school showed improvement in its reading and math scores.

"It shows the students are showing growth," LaFon said. "We had a lot of students scoring in the advanced and accelerated range. We have some great students. I have the best staff anyone could ask for," LaFon said.

She also thanked school officials for hiring a number of teacher aides who work with intervention efforts with students.

The elementary school also received an excellent with distinction rating two years ago, said LaFon, who has been the school principal for the past four years.