Lincoln Elementary School and Munford Middle School joined eight other schools in the state selected for the award, created in 2001 to identify, recognize and publicize schools and programs with outstanding educational programs serving as models for schools across the state.
To become a CLAS Banner School, local superintendents must nominate the schools or programs in their district that have shown proven success throughout the previous year.
Once nominated, the principals of the selected schools must submit an electronic application to CLAS by a pre-determined date.
Nominated CLAS Banner Schools must meet several criteria, including showing evidence to display how the school or program was successful during the previous school year, describing activities that make the school or program a candidate and demonstrating an outstanding, unique, student-centered program.
The winning schools are chosen by a Banner School Selection Team formed from CLAS administrators from various affiliates and Alabama State Department of Education officials.
According to Talladega County Schools Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey, Lincoln Elementary’s ‘Hammer Program’ and Munford Middle’s ‘MMS Strong’ campaign set a strong example of what CLAS Banner Schools represent.
“I’m very honored to have two schools chosen as CLAS Banner Schools,” Lacey said. “This recognition serves as a true example of the leadership among the principals, teachers and teachers in cultivating innovative and creative programs.”
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