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Manteca boasts 4 of 7 distinguished schools in San Joaquin County

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POSTED April 22, 2010 2:40 a.m.
Three Manteca Unified sites made the 2010 Distinguished Schools.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced the 484 exemplary schools making the elite list on Monday.

Included were Brock Elliott, Stella Brockman and George McParland schools.

The other Distinguished Elementary Schools from San Joaquin County were Ripon Elementary (Ripon Unified), Wanda Hirsch (Tracy Unified), River Oaks Charter (Lodi Unified), and Wicklund (Lammersville Elementary).

Brock Elliott Principal Debbie Ruger was thrilled with the news.

“It’s a great honor to (again) be a Distinguished School,” she said at last Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Ruger noted that the school earned the elite honor in 2006.

Each of the principals of this year’s Distinguished Schools was personally contacted by O’Connell.

“It was an honor to recognize the schools, and the students, parents, teachers and administrators who helped earn this most prestigious distinction,” he said in his press release. “The 2010 California Distinguished Schools have been selected because of their academic excellence and for narrowing achievement gaps.

“These schools have persevered despite state budget cutbacks that have cut deeply into the budgets of local school districts.”

This is the 24th year of the California School Recognition Program, which alternates between elementary and secondary school sites every other year.

Schools making this year’s list, according to the state Department of Education, were identified for eligibility on the basis of their Academic Performance Index and Adequate Yearly Progress results. The API and AYP are the state and federal accountability models, respectively.

The local California Distinguished Schools – Brock Elliott, Stella Brockman, McParland, and Ripon – will be among those honored June 4 at the Disneyland Hotel with an awards and dinner event.

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