Photo: Principal Michael McAllister (left) with Abu Kumi, director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Belmont’s Daniel Butler Elementary School was formally honored in Washington D.C. after recently being named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performance.
Butler is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor, and one of three Bay State schools recognized for this honor.
Former Butler Principal Michael McAllister, now the headmaster at Belmont’s Chenery Middle School represented Butler at the Nov. 8 ceremony.
“This award confirms what I’ve known all along, and now the public knows, that there is amazing teaching and learning happening at the Butler school,” says McAllister.
Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and are recognized in one of two performance categories; Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state; or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Current Butler Principal Danielle Betancourt says the honor is well-deserved.
“This achievement is a testament to the passion, strategic effort, education and teamwork that each person in the community contributes,” she said.
McAllister is coming back to the Butler with a plaque, a blue ribbon flag and a banner which will soon be presented to the Butler school community to display.