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Dr. Levesque nominated as one of three Blue Ribbon Schools in Maine

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — School Administrative District 33 Superintendent Lisa Bernier delivered some exciting news to Dr. Levesque Elementary School students and staff on Wednesday when she reported the school’s nomination as a National Blue Ribbon School.

“It was awesome,” Bernier said of making the announcement at the school. Bernier also serves as the school’s principal.

The Maine Department of Education selected DLES as one of only three schools in the state to apply to the U.S. Department of Education for the Blue Ribbon distinction. The U.S. DOE determines the number of nominations per state based on the number of K-12 students and schools in each state.

Bernier received the notification and invitation to formally submit a Blue Ribbon application on Friday. School officials have until March 30 to submit an application.

DLES earned the Blue Ribbon award one other time, in 1999.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students. Such schools have  “demonstrated consistent excellence, and made progress in closing gaps in student achievement,” according to information at the program’s website.

The Blue Ribbon Schools program is part of a larger U.S. DOE effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices.

Since its inception in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 8,000 schools, according to the U.S. DOE. Past recipients of the Blue Ribbon distraction from Maine have mainly been school from southern part of the state.

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