Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) was named a national finalist for the 2017 John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts and National School Boards Association Award. The award recognizes school boards for their outstanding support of arts education.
“It’s an honor to have our school board recognized by such a prestigious organization for its commitment to arts in the classroom, and making sure that every student has the opportunity to incorporate arts into their educational journey,” said Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens.
A national panel reviews nominees and selects a top school board from entrants across the country. For JCPS, the review panel noted that it was “impressed by the board’s commitment to the arts, as evidenced by the presence of three arts supervisory staff and an extensive list of available art courses,” and they applauded “the large list of local arts partners and the STEAM pilot project in four schools.”
This year’s top award was presented to Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, in Lexington, South Carolina.