Summerville’s Flowertown Elementary named a National Blue Ribbon winner

— Flowertown Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School on Tuesday.

The Dorchester District 2 school is one of 286 in the nation to receive this year’s award from the U.S. Department of Education.

“I have never worked with a staff this dedicated,” said Principal Donna Goodwin, who is in her sixth year at the school. “Their hard work is the reason we won this.”

When the school was named a finalist in December, Goodwin and district Superintendent Joe Pye, who was the school’s first principal, shouted the news from the school’s rooftop.

On Tuesday, Goodwin was a little more reserved. Although she and many of the school’s 115 staff members wore blue, she reminded students before the live, online announcement that “two teams go to the Super Bowl but only one wins.”

Of more than 138,000 schools in the United States, about 7,500 have received the honor in 31 years.

The award honors public and private schools where students perform at high levels or where significant improvements are made.

At Flowertown, more than 50 percent of the 1,085 students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, yet the school received an “A” on its 2012 federal accountability report card and a “B” on the 2013 federal accountability Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver metrics.

Other 2013 recipients in South Carolina are Okatie Elementary, Beaufort County School District; Mayo High School, Darlington County School District; Ware Shoals Elementary, Greenwood School District 51; and New Prospect Elementary, Spartanburg School District 1.

The 236 public and 50 private schools will be recognized at a November ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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