"I am very proud that Northview High School and Clay City Jr./Sr. High School were named to the 'Best Buy' honor roll list." Supt. Dan Schroeder said. "Only 26 of 357 Indiana public high schools were named to the list and this is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our administration, faculty, staff, and students."
Best Buy schools provide taxpayers the best education for their money and honor roll schools are the schools that have still achieved academically despite the high percentage of students that live at or near poverty level.
"It speaks of our ability to provide a quality education at a reasonable price," Schroeder said.
All data used in the Best Buys report was provided by the Indiana Department of Education.
The QI then compares each school's total revenues per pupil to identify the state's Best Buys. From those schools, honor roll schools are determined by their participation in the federal free/reduced lunch program and those with participation rates above the state median.
For one school this makes the fourth year in a row to receive this distinction.
"We are extremely proud of this honor," Clay City Principal Jeff Bell said. "Our faculty, staff, students, and entire school community continue to do a wonderful job. We want to make our community proud and hope that they are."
For another school, this is the first time in 11 years to receive the honor.
"I have to tell you that I am extremely pleased with and honored by the distinction," Northview Principal Tim Rayle said. "I have no doubt Northview High School received this award due to the dedication of our faculty, staff, students, parents and the community in general regarding the efforts and importance we have been putting towards education."
For 2009, there were a total of 135 public high schools chosen as a "Best Buy." From there, 26 high schools were given the "honor roll" merit for excelling academically despite having an at-risk student population.
"Businesses and communities in these areas should be very proud of what their schools are achieving and how their students are being readied for further education paths and a competitive job market."
To have both schools receive the recognition is impressive and both principals are proud of not only their own school but the other as well.
"It definitely shows that when everyone works together, programs can be successful," Rayle said. "It's nice to be recognized along with (Bell) and Clay City High School for providing quality education for the children in the Clay Community School District."
"I also want to congratulate (Rayle) and the school community at Northview High School," Bell added. "This is wonderful news for all of Clay County."