5/1/2014 3:42 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - A Raleigh County school will be recognized later this year for its student achievement, attendance rates and test scores.
Amanda Richmond is a former teacher at Maxwell Hill Elementary School, and this is her first year as principal.
The school was named a West Virginia School of Excellence by the state Department of Education. Staff said they'll continue to focus on student growth.
Younger years are critical to students because college and career readiness starts now, according to Richmond. All staff at the elementary school worked together to apply for the honor.
"Our students work very hard," she said. "Our staff works very hard. But we have a lot of community and parent involvement, and that is very critical in the high performance of our students."
George Washington Elementary in Putnam County and Brandywine Elementary in Pendleton County were also recognized. All three will be honored Oct. 9 at the Clay Center in Charleston.