Thanks to its outstanding achievements in meeting state and federal benchmarks, Gladesboro Elementary School has been awarded with an honor that only about eight percent of Virginia public schools can claim. Seven out of 10 schools in the Carroll County Public School Division have received special recognition through the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Incentive Program, including the highest honor, the 2009 Governors Award for Educational Excellence, awarded to Gladesboro Elementary School. Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced that 162 (out of close to 2,000) Virginia public schools earned this highest honor. Gladesboro Elementary School will receive a display banner and a signed resolution of commendation by Governor Kaine. To qualify for the Governors Award of Excellence, schools must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks (Virginia Accreditation for all areas and AYP requirements) for at least two consecutive years and achieve Governor Kaines goals for elementary reading (at least 95 percent pass rate on SOL Reading 3 Test) in addition to possible bonus points for other performance measures. Gladesboro Principal Jerry King said the honor puts an exclamation point on his already strong thoughts about the special efforts taking place at the school. We are obviously really, really big-time excited about it. The biggest thing about it, it is a team effort. We have just got a great group of committed, dedicated teachers and staff here that really make the whole thing meaningful, King said. Of course, our children always come first, and when your faculty and staff puts them first, you are always going to end up a winner whether you win an award or not, so it was just an extra special thing. Weve had such a great year. I told the staff this is sort of like the cherry on top of the whipped cream. King will attend a ceremony Feb. 16 at the states Capitol with Gov. Kaine honoring the winners. His invitation only allows him to bring one guest, which he said is a shame because of the many folks that contributed to making the award possible. Just like a head coach of a sport, as the Principal I can share my game plan and be the leader, but when it comes down to reaching our goals, it takes the entire coaching staff (teachers, aides, staff, parents, etc.) and the players in this case the students to win the victory...and wow ...this honor is like winning the Outstanding School Super Bowl, King said. I am so blessed to be a part of the Gladesboro Elementary team! In fact, in addition to our school and community team, I am also appreciative of the help and support of our Central office administrators and my colleague Principals at other Carroll County Schools. Two Carroll County schools received the Tier 2 award, the 2009 Board of Education Excellence Award. Fancy Gap Elementary School and Oakland Elementary School were two out of 544 Virginia schools that earned this award. These schools have met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by Governor Kaine and the board. Were very pleased that these schools have been recognized, said Carroll County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Greg Smith. We feel it reflects the rigor and strength of the instructional program at each of our schools. The Tier 3 Award, the 2009 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award, was awarded to four Carroll County schools, including Carroll County High School, Hillsville Elementary School, Laurel Elementary School, and St. Paul School. These schools have met all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and are making progress toward VIP objectives reflecting VIP objectives reflecting the goals of Governor Kaine and the board.