Roanoke City Public Schools are among five school system’s dubbed first place winners in the American School Board Journal’s 19th annual Magna Awards program.
According to a news release, the awards are given to school districts across the country for “outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.” The program awards three grand prize winners, 15 first place winners and 15 honorable mentions winners.
Roanoke was one of five first place winners with a population between 5,000 and 20,000 students. It was the only local school system to earn the award, though several other Virginia systems were honored.
Albemarle County Public Schools was one of the three grand prize winners. Hanover County Public Schools and Arlington Public Schools both received honorable mentions among school systems with 5,000 to 20,000 students.
The Magna Awards started in 1995 to recognize school boards taking bold action to improve schools. The 2013 winners are included in a special section in the May issue of the American School Board Journal and will be recognized April 13 at NSBA’s 73rd Annual Conference.