Betsy Layne middle-schoolers top state in attendance
by Jack Latta
BETSY LAYNE — Betsy Layne Elementary students have something to crow about this week, after it was announced that they were the winners of the middle school level “High Attendance Day” competition.
According to Floyd County schools officials, on the day of the competition, which was held Sept. 18 and 19, Betsy Layne Elementary had 100 percent attendance at the middle school level (grades 6, 7, 8).
The unique competition pits public schools across Kentucky against each other for the highest average student attendance. Betsy Layne Elementary was the regional winner, with 98.93 percent, and fourth in the state for the High Attendance Day competition.
“The board team and I want to congratulate Betsy Layne Elementary for winning this competition and the amazing gains they have made in attendance in 2012 and congratulate Betsy Layne High for their regional win,” said Floyd County School Superintendent Henry Webb. “Floyd County Schools encourages regular daily attendance because kids can’t learn if they aren’t in our schools. Our job is to ensure that our kids are college and career ready when they graduate and in order to do that, we need them present and ready to learn daily.”
The competition for the highest average student attendance for the day included all public schools in Kentucky. The statewide competition was sponsored by the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel. Its goal is to highlight the importance of school attendance.
“The Betsy Layne area continues to be an example of regular high attendance for our district, and we want to thank students, parents and community for embracing the belief that kids should be in school every day,” said Webb.
A cash prize of $500 is awarded to winners in each category.
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