MONTGOMERY — The Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction has announced the Four-Star schools for 2012-13 and Barr-Reeve Middle-Senior High School is once again on the list. To receive the Four-Star designation a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in three ISTEP based categories.
“I am honored to name these schools as our Four-Star schools for this year,” said Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz. “Winning this award required excellent work by teachers, administrators, student and parents throughout the year, and on behalf of the entire Indiana Department of Education I send them my sincere congratulations.”
Barr-Reeve Middle-Senior High School was the only winner of the award in Daviess County. “We’re ecstatic,” said principal Jeff Doyle. “This is a team effort by the students, teachers and parents and it is a testament to the work they do.”
The recognition was also welcome among the school staff. “The teachers are really happy about it,” said Doyle. “Everyone wants to be recognized for doing a good job. We are really proud of what we accomplished.”
School officials were also full of praise for the students and parents. “We ask a lot of our students and they deliver,” said Doyle. I want our students to be very proud of this. Our parent are nothing but supportive. It’s a good situation when you attain something like this it’s something the community can be proud of. It’s nice to have these accolades so the taxpayer knows the money is well spent.”
This is 14th time Barr-Reeve H.S. has received a Four-Star award. “It’s an honor we have received for a few years now,” said Superintendent Travis Madison. “It’s still exciting and receiving it never gets old.”
Madison says the continued achievement is an extension of the greater community. “People here work hard,” he said. “There is an overall high expectation. The community expects the best and that hard work trickles down into the school and the students. There is no magic formula. The kids come to school ready to go and the teachers have high expectations for them.”