For the fourth consecutive year, the Archbold School District was designated as a Best Community for Music Education.
The designation is awarded by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation working with the Music Research Institute of the University of Kansas.
To qualify, district officials answer detailed questionnaires about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for music programs, and community music-making programs.
Responses are verified by school officials and reviewed by University of Kansas researchers.
The award recognizes that Archbold schools are leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act, federal legislation that replaced No Child Left Behind in 2015.
Aaron Rex, superintendent, said, “Our music education program is a point of pride in our district. Our students receive excellent instruction and perform well in local, district, and state competitions.
“Receiving this designation the last three years in a row is a testament to our teachers and our students.
“It is an obvious reflection of their hard work, and we are proud of our music program.”
“To receive this award for the fourth consecutive year is a confirmation of what the music faculty in the Archbold schools remain steadfastly committed to, providing high-quality music education to all students,” said Kent Vandock, director of choral activities for the district.
“We believe when students are provided with the proper resources (quality instruction, outstanding facilities, and unique educative experiences) the outcome will be something that the whole community can embrace as truly exceptional.
“It is very humbling to be a part of an outstanding community where music is valued and appreciated.”