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The board members of the Susquehanna Community School District heard some exciting news at their December 6 meeting. High School Principal Mike Lisowski had received notification from the state Dept. of Education that the high school has been nominated for a Blue Ribbon Award, a very high honor, in recognition of receiving a Keystone Achievement Award for three consecutive years. The Keystone award is given annually to schools that meet or exceed Annual Yearly Progress standards. Mr. Lisowski compared the Blue Ribbon Award to the equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize, or the Nobel Prize, it is that prestigious. He commended the faculty, students and their families and the entire school community for their contributions to this achievement. The field of contending schools has been narrowed down to only thirteen, with Susquehanna being the only high school to have been nominated in the last three years. The downside is that the final outcome will not be known until September. Superintendent Bronson Stone concurred that this is a prestigious honor, and noted that just four years ago, the school was on the “needs improvement” list.
Blue Ridge School Board President Alan Hall said that he expects to begin cutting taxes within five to seven years.
Following a brief reorganization meeting at which Mr. Hall was re-elected by his colleagues to serve another year as their president, the board heard a presentation by Michael Dougherty of Murphy, Dougherty & Co., the district's independent auditors. Mr. Dougherty distributed a detailed report of his findings, and pronounced the district's financial position sound. The auditors' opinion was "unqualified, the best you can get," said Mr. Dougherty.
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