The Houston, Raymondville, Plato and Success school districts were among 45 in south-central Missouri who met the criteria established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Distinction in Performance. Representatives from all three districts were recently honored by South Central Regional Professional Development Center.
Districts who met the criteria received a certificate of recognition provided by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. The Distinction in Performance award is based on the district’s performance relative to student performance standards that are used to determine state accreditation through the Missouri School Improvement Program. In order to earn distinction in performance, districts must meet the majority of these performance standards at either a high or significantly improved level.
The awards were presented in early March at the Havener Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus. The event was sponsored and hosted by the South Central Regional Professional Development Center and the university. John Lewis, Director of South Central RPDC, presided at the banquet. Dr. Larry Gragg, Interim Vice-Provost of Academic Affairs, brought greetings and congratulations on behalf of the university. Roger Kurtz, Executive Director of the Missouri Association of School Administrators, also brought greetings and congratulations to the districts that were recognized and assisted with the presentation of awards.
“With approximately 360 educators in attendance, this year’s event was a great success,” Lewis said. “ South Central RPDC along with Missouri University of Science and Technology were pleased to sponsor and host this event, and extend our sincere congratulations to those regional districts and buildings receiving recognition.”