October 12, 2005 – Posted at 3:39 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- The Valley View School District in Jonesboro won the Golden Apple award last year...a recognition which ranks it as the top school in the state.
Parents and educators alike were thrilled when it was announced that the school was on the list again. But for these outstanding students and faculty, it's just one more accomplishment.
It's an honor that not many schools see even once, but for teachers, students and administrators here at Valley View schools in Jonesboro it's starting to become a regular thing.
“Last year we were fortunate to be number one in the state. You wouldn't believe the activities that we had and the pride that the kids and the staff felt,” said Valley View Superintendent Dr. Radius Baker.
Now making the list for two years in a row, school officials are elated.
“We as people in this profession want perfection and that’s what we work for,” said fourth grade teacher Ella Bradsher.
But don't look for Valley View to change its formula for success.
“We feel like we are a progressive school system, we feel like that we try to do what is in the best interest of our kids educational opportunities, and yes, we will continue to do things and change things to make things better,” said Dr. Baker.
“Never stopping and just settling for what we have is good enough. Tat is what helps us get better and better every year,” said Bradsher.
Ironically enough Valley View won the Golden Apple award with only 1450 students enrolled. Dr. Baker says they spent a lot of last year fighting school consolidation which closed campuses of less than 1500.