U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that the Bayville Elementary Schools in the Locust Valley Central School District have been named as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. From all of the public and private schools in the United States, only 286 were selected and the Bayville Intermediate School and the Bayville Primary School were among them.

The formal national presentation of the award will take place in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, November 19th. Bayville Elementary School Principal Scott McElhiney and Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus will represent LVCSD at the ceremony. LVCSD will have its own presentation of the award on the following day, Wednesday, November 20th during the LVCSD Board of Education meeting at 8 p.m. in the High School/Middle School Mini-Theater.

To qualify as a National Blue Ribbon School, schools must be deemed to be “Exemplary High Performing” based on student achievement on State assessments and/or nationally-normed tests. In addition to providing lengthy and comprehensive information about the school, schools which were honored were required to meet extremely difficult Annual Yearly Progress requirements under No Child Left Behind for all student subgroups, including students classified by the Committee on Special Education, students who receive free and reduced lunches and are considered to be at the poverty level, students belonging to racial and ethnic minorities, and students for whom English is not a first language.

“It is wonderful that our students’ and faculty’s hard work and dedication, together with remarkable parent and community support have earned our Bayville Elementary Schools the distinction of being among the best in our country,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund. ‘We could not be prouder!”

Bayville Elementary School Principal Scott McElhiney said he was honored to be leading a National Blue Ribbon School. “The staff and students at Bayville Elementary Schools are exceptional and truly deserve this recognition. The success in Bayville Elementary would not be possible without the support of our administration and Board of Education.”