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Springlake-Earth Superintendent Denver Crum said, first of all, he wants to thank the Lord for blessing their school.

“We recognize that God has blessed our school with hardworking teachers and students,” he said. “That all came under the leadership and guidance of Bub McIver, the elementary and middle school principal.”

With a student population of 190, Springlake-Earth Elementary/Middle School was one of 31 Texas schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School 2022 for exemplary achievement in closing gaps, special sub-populations.

When the school received official notice from Secretary of Education Miguel Cordona, they arranged a breakfast celebration where McIver made the announcement Friday.

The school plans to hold another celebration later. They’ve extended invitations to U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington, 19th Congressional District, and Ken King, Texas House of Representatives, District 88.

“We’re trying to work with their schedules. We’d like to have one or both of them here the day we do the actual ceremony,” Crum said.

The school has employed new strategies to improve academic scores.

“We began by coordinating strategy to help elevate state assessment scores,” Crum said. “We worked on curriculum development, promoting from within to develop a specialized curriculum that helped identify specific weaknesses in testing. We looked at the data and set up specialized labs to assist students that needed growth in subject areas. It’s been a continuing program over last the three years.

“We showed exceptional growth in state accountability scores, rising from a C following COVID to a B this last year. We’re expecting continued growth as we implement these programs and these strategies.”

This year, Springlake-Earth went to a four-day work week to allow teachers more preparation time on Monday.

“So far, no one has brought up the problem of finding childcare on Monday,” Crum said. “Parents are trying to schedule things like doctor appointments on Monday. Attendance has risen, and teachers love having the extra prep time.”

Crum and McIver will travel to Washington, D.C., for the Blue Ribbon award ceremony on Nov. 3-4.

“The Lord has blessed us through the hard work of the teachers and the students,” Crum said. “If the teachers don’t do the work, the students don’t respond.”

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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