The Washington Times-Herald

May 16, 2013

Barr-Reeve celebrates vote, Four-Star status

Lindsay Owens
Washington Times Herald

MONTGOMERY — Barr-Reeve Middle/High School has been named a 2011-2012 Indiana Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education. In order for a school to be eligible for the honor, the school must be in the 25th percentile of schools in ISTEP testing results. Over 300 schools across the state received the honor. Barr-Reeve was the only Daviess County School to make the cut.

“I want to thank the students, faculty and staff and the community for helping us earn this. We should be very proud and this is another nice honor,” said Barr-Reeve Superintendent Travis Madison.

Barr-Reeve Elementary had received the same honor for the 2009-2010 school year.

Summer school elementary teaching positions were recommended and approved for Kerri Boyd, Lindsey Freyberger, Andrea Huff, Amy Kavanaugh, Tenley Lester and Brooke Stuckey. Laura Craney was also approved as the high school physical education aide for the summer school session.

Madison and the board members thanked the community for helping set up the special election held last week and for voting.

“We had 83 percent vote yes and that is incredible. We need to give credit to the folks around here for voting and for showing their support for our schools,” Madison said. “Our referendum was one of the most successful.” 

“I’m very proud to be a board member here. If we had to be a second-rate school then we would have needed to do something else. The kids come first here and it takes good teachers and parents to make us all successful,” said board member Scott Lottes.

In other news, all of the buildings will be rekeyed over the summer. Key cards will replace traditional keys. Madison announced that awards programs at both the elementary and middle/high school were this week.  The middle/high school program was Wednesday with the elementary program on Friday. The last student school day will be next Tuesday. High school graduation will be at 2 p.m. on May 25.