Resolution J6071-2013

Commending Cherry Lane Elementary School upon the occasion of its designation as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence



  • Jun 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 16, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Cherry Lane Elementary School upon the
occasion  of  its  designation  as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of

WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commend  institutions  of  true purpose and high achievement whose exem-
plary programs and accomplishments clearly demonstrate  the  pursuit  of
excellence in education and service to the community; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
Cherry Lane Elementary School in Airmont, New York, upon the occasion of
its designation as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence; and
  WHEREAS,  In  recognition  of  this auspicious honor, the Airmont Town
Council has declared Saturday, September 20, 2014 as "Cherry  Lane  Blue
Ribbon Day"; to be celebrated with a parade, flag raising and dedication
ceremony; and
  WHEREAS,  The  National  Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public
and nonpublic  elementary,  middle,  and  high  schools  where  students
achieve  at  very high levels; the Program sets a standard of excellence
for all schools striving for the highest level of success; and
  WHEREAS, The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a  larger
United States Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate
knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices; each year
since  1982,  the  Department  of Education has sought out schools where
students attain high academic goals and where  the  achievement  gap  is
narrowing; and
  WHEREAS,  Cherry  Lane Elementary School was nominated by the New York
State Education Department (NYSED)  as  an  "Exemplary  High  Performing
School"  for  ranking  among  the  highest  performing  schools on state
assessments, having been recognized in 2012 as a NYSED Reward School for
sustained, significant progress on assessments; and
  WHEREAS, One of only 286 schools across the country  to  achieve  this
distinction, and the first in Rockland County, Cherry Lane Elementary is
a  close-knit  community of strong outstanding administrators, dedicated
professional  staff,  highly  motivated  students  and  highly   engaged
parents; and
  WHEREAS,  This  esteemed academic institution believes how to learn is
as important as what is learned, and that students succeed  when  effort
and perseverance toward excellence is encouraged and celebrated; and
  WHEREAS,  Under  the  able  leadership  of  former Principal Dr. David
Leach, Cherry Lane Elementary School fulfilled its laudatory educational
focus on preparing students to think critically and creatively,  helping
them  to become confident learners and responsible citizens, a tradition
that is proudly continued by current Principal Eric Baird; and
  WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body that when an educa-
tional institution of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought  to
our attention, it should be recognized and applauded by all the citizens
of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Cherry Lane Elementary School, upon the occasion of  its  desig-
nation  as  a  2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Eric Baird, Principal, Cherry Lane Elementary School.


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