On November 11, Battelle for Kids presented Olentangy High School and Shanahan Middle School with 2013 SOAR Awards for being “High Progress Schools.” The district also received a SOAR Award for being a “Significant Progress District.”
The annual awards are designed to acknowledge Ohio schools and districts participating in SOAR, Battelle for Kids’ school improvement collaborative, for their academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the last school year (2012–2013). The awards are presented to districts and schools that are among the top of all participating SOAR districts and schools, based on district and school building composite index. As an award recipient, the Olentangy Local School District is among the top districts out of the 109 participating SOAR districts.
“It is an honor to recognize these schools and districts for their extraordinary progress with students,” said Jim Mahoney, executive director, Battelle for Kids. “The exceptional growth these educators have made with students is a testament to the hard work they’ve put forth to improve their schools and districts. The award recipients are to be applauded for their efforts to advance student learning.”
Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross presented each school and district with their respective award. Dr. Jim Mahoney, Executive Director of Battelle for Kids and Dr. Bobby Moore, Senior Director at Battelle for Kids, offered congratulatory remarks.