State educators set to visit county#039;s #039;Schools of Promise#039;

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 20, 2005

They want to see our success stories.

Educators throughout the state will visit Lawrence County Thursday for a "Schools of Promise" forum organized by the Ohio Department of Education.

The educators will tour the Lawrence County schools that were designated ODE "Schools of Promise"- there are seven of them - and then take part in group discussions on improving education.

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"They're going to visit our schools and then meet at OUS to talk about what they saw at those schools," Lawrence County Educational Service Center Curriculum Supervisor Yvonne Stroud said.

Earlier this year, Chesapeake Elementary and Middle schools, Dawson-Bryant Middle and High schools, Rock Hill High School, and Burlington and South Point elementaries were each designated a "School of Promise" by the state department of education.

The honor is given each year to schools that have made substantial improvements in ensuring high achievement among all students.

Stroud pointed out that even though these seven schools got recognition from the state this year, Lawrence County schools as a whole are improving, and that improvement is not escaping the notice of educators elsewhere.

"Symmes Valley and Fairland schools were not chosen "Schools of Promise" but they are good schools districts and Ironton is doing some wonderful things," she said.

Lawrence County is one of two counties chosen to host the annual forums. Hamilton County is the other host site this year.

More than 60 people are expected to attend the forum.