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Park View named Blue Ribbon School nominee

LOMBARD – Park View Elementary School is in elite company after being named one of just 16 Illinois schools nominated by the Illinois State Board of Education as a Blue Ribbon School.

"We are really excited," said Park View Principal Roberta Wallerstedt, who was informed of the nomination in mid-January. "I think every school works very hard, so when you get something like this, it's nice to know someone has been looking at what you are doing."

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement, according to the ISBE website.

During the nomination process, ISBE looks at longevity in overall achievement, growth and demographics, Wallerstedt said.

"As they look at all the schools in the state, they look at who bubbles up to the top," she said.

Wallerstedt now is working on the application for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, to be submitted to the United States Department of Education by March 21. The application includes biographical and program information on the school, and also data, including next week's ISAT Test results.

The national Blue Ribbon program has recognized about 7,500 schools in the past three decades. Winning schools are announced in September.

"It was an honor to have somebody pull us out of all the schools in Illinois," Wallerstedt said. "We are thrilled and will continue to do our very best."

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