The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has recognized the Archbold Area School District with its “Best Community For Music Education” designation.
Archbold is just one of 307 school districts across the United States, and one of 15 in Ohio, to receive the honor.
Kent Vandock, director of choral activities at Archbold High School, said to earn the BCME designation, an extensive questionnaire had to be completed.
The questionnaire covered topics including instructional time, financial support for music education, and what kinds of music are taught to involvement in local and regional programs and events.
The information was reviewed by the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kan., an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
Aaron Rex, superintendent, said music education “is a huge part of our curriculum at Archbold Area Schools.
“Students in our district achieve success at state and local levels, and we are proud of our program and our students.” Vandock said the BCME designation should serve as a point of pride for the community, to know its school district is one of the best in music education.
“Community members and parents should be proud their students are getting a quality music education,” Vandock said. “The school district takes music education seriously, and provides support for music. We have three music teachers. That’s an average of one music staff per building. You can’t do it with any fewer than that. That shows good stewardship, to be able to provide a quality music education with the resources available.”