Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Schools travel path of excellence

The Northwest Louisiana Alliance for Education, along with Minden Medical Center (MMC), WK Health System, Minden South Webster Chamber of Commerce and the Webster Parish School Board recently recognized two Webster Parish schools with Path to Excellence awards for a job well done.

This year, J.A. Phillips Middle School and Shongaloo High School earned the Exceptional Academic Growth award.

Each school received this award by holding a school performance score (SPS) of less than 100 and attaining the highest number of points in growth.

J.A. Phillips Middle School had a growth of 11.8 points, earning a check from Minden Medical Center of $5,000.

Shongaloo High School had a growth of 6.7 points, also earning  a check from Minden Medical Center for $5,000.

“It is great as a business to give to schools that grow their school performance scores,” said Minden Medical Center CEO George E. French III. “It has been rewarding for us to partner with The Alliance for Education over the past 11 years in donating $100,000 to Webster schools from Minden Medical Center.”

French said MMC values education and wants to show the faculty and students that working hard and increasing performance scores is recognized and rewarded locally.

The schools received banners to show their academic growth. Teachers, principals and support staff received certificates honoring their achievement as a Path to Excellence school.

“The Path to Excellence program was born out of a need to recognize schools for achievement,” said Phillip Rozeman, a Minden cardiologist and founder of the Alliance for Education. “We believe that people want to be involved in helping improve our schools. The Alliance for Education gives the business community an opportunity to recognize school performance and reward teachers for doing a good job. After all, our teachers and schools need to be given a pat on the back.”

Rozeman said the goal of the state accountability program is progressive improvement in school performance.
The Path to Excellence awards program is a collaborative effort among the Alliance for Education, Willis-Knighton Health Systems and Minden Medical Center that began in the 1999-2000 academic year.

It was designed to reward and recognize schools that meet and or exceed their improvement goals set by the State Accountability Program.  The award recognizes “Excellence” and “Growth.”






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