Making The Grades

THE STATE report card was released recently and Eastern Ohio schools, for the most part, earned extremely high marks.

Such glowing grades do not come as a surprise. We believe our local schools administrators, teachers and staff take their jobs to heart, working hard to provide their students the best education possible.

That was reinforced by the numbers delivered by the Ohio Department of Education.

Of the 10 school districts in the Times Leader coverage area, only one failed to reach an effective rating.

Six of the districts earned effective status while three earned excellent ratings. Those three were Bellaire, Martins Ferry and Buckeye Local. The six effective districts included: Barnesville, Harrison Hills, Shadyside, St. Clairsville, Switzerland of Ohio and Union Local.

All nine deserve commendations for an academic job well done. Bellaire, Martins Ferry and Buckeye Local are in line for special recognition for taking classroom success to another level.

The Bellaire School District earned one additional feather in its teaching cap, as both its elementary school and middle school gained excellence with distinction designation.

That is a lofty achievement. When you factor in the financial issues the district has been battling, it is rather remarkable.

Such success starts at the top and matriculates throughout the staff and all three Bellaire school buildings.

For a district that has lost some 40 teachers and half its administrators due to budget cutbacks, academic distinction speaks volumes of the quality of individuals the district employs.

Teachers are charged with a tremendous challenge, that being molding our youth.

It appears our teachers in Eastern Ohio are passing with flying colors.