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Burton Street Elementary named 'Blue Ribbon School'

Burton Street Elementary School Principal Mary-Ann MacIntosh stands in front of the school in Cazenovia after hearing it was recognized as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School on Sept. 7.

Burton Street Elementary School Principal Mary-Ann MacIntosh stands in front of the school in Cazenovia after hearing it was recognized as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School on Sept. 7. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— About a dozen of CNY schools, spanning Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego and Madison counties, have received the honor since 1982. Cazenovia Junior-Senior High School was named a Blue Ribbon School during the 1988-89 school year.

“This is truly an affirmation of the good work at Burton Street Elementary. The teachers, staff and the recently-retired for their dedication and hard work,” said Cazenovia Central School District Superintendent Bob Dubik. “People tend to think about the accomplishments of high school, because of graduation, but the foundation and the hard work really beings at the elementary school.”

The Blue Ribbon Program is regarded as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s larger effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about the best school leadership and teaching practices. During the ensuing celebrations on Friday, Sept. 8, Congressman Bill Owens joined in and congratulated the school, commending the educators’ success in helping students achieve.

“[This] announcement is a testament to the good work being done in many New York schools,” Owens said. “I congratulate the teachers, administrators, parents and students at Burton Street Elementary for their significant efforts to earn this award.”

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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