in Blind Brook School District, and in Rye City School District and nearby Rye Neck High School were all deemed "Reward Schools" by New York State Commissioner of Education John King. Two hundred fifty schools across the state were given the designation to indicate high progress and achievment.
“The Rye City School District prides itself upon consistent student achievement, and this is another example of the fine work that takes place in all of our buildings,” stated Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Alvarez. “Student learning is the focus of our staff, and we are pleased to share this news at the beginning of what is anticipated to be a successful school year.”
The Commissioner’s action was taken in accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver that New York State received from the United States Department of Education in May. The appellation may also translate to additional funding for the school districts.
"The Department identified 250 schools in 164 districts as Reward Schools," said a New York State Department of Education written statement. "Reward Schools are either schools that have made the most progress or schools that have the highest achievement in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement that are not being closed. Five (5) schools will each be awarded up to a maximum of $150,000 each year for two years and up to $300,000 for the entire grant period."
All schools in the Blind Brook, Rye City and Rye Neck Schook Districts were rated in "good standing' with state accountability requirements.