Woodlawn granted accreditation appeal

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

 WOODLAWN — Teachers knew the announcement must have been momentous when Woodlawn Principal Jerry King came across the intercom system in the middle of class.

But instead of a "what's wrong" message, King couldn't wait to share what had gone right.

The Department of Education had granted Woodlawn School's appeal on the No Child Left Behind results, which said the school didn't make the required adequate yearly progress. 

Out of all 29 categories, the original scores reported that Woodlawn didn't make AYP based on some attendance figures. 

Educators believed that was a mistake and appealed the ruling.

"It was a happy day for Woodlawn, I can tell you," King told The Gazette.

In a year when there were an unusually high number of snow days and large numbers of students came down with the flu, making the federal benchmarks meant a lot, he added.

King encouraged the staff to celebrate with a quiet meal of barbeque and cake in the teachers' lounge.

Educators have also undertaken efforts to improve student attendance by rewarding the youth that consistently show up. 

The names of three students each from the sixth and seventh grades go into a hat for a drawing for gift cards at a store in the region, he said. 

"Learning begins with being in school," King said.

The revised results mean that eight schools in Carroll officially made AYP and all 10 county schools received accreditation from Virginia.