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NO. R-14. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating the Green Street School, the Newton School, and South Burlington High School on being named the 2000 Vermont Business Roundtable Gold Medallion Schools.

(J.R.H. 8)

Offered by: Representatives Mazur of South Burlington, Audette of South Burlington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of South Burlington, Seibert of Norwich, Webster of Brattleboro and Wheeler of Burlington.

Whereas, the standard of educational attainment that is achieved at Vermontís schools is indicative of our stateís future productivity, growth and economic vitality, and

Whereas, fostering a continuing rise in educational standards will positively serve all Vermonters in the decades ahead, and

Whereas, the Vermont Business Roundtable has long advocated higher academic standards, and

Whereas, in order to salute those schools whose students are successfully striving to reach new plateaus of educational achievement, the Vermont Business Roundtable, for the eighth consecutive year, has continued the Gold Medallion School award, an honor that includes a $2,000.00 cash prize, and

Whereas, the Vermont Business Roundtable initially selected three elementary schools, the Green Street School in Brattleboro, the Thetford Elementary School, and the Waitsfield Elementary School; three middle schools, the Dummerston School, the Newton School in South Stratford, and the Woodstock Union Middle School; and three high schools, the Cabot School (grades 9-12), the Essex Community Educational Center, and South Burlington High School as semifinalists for designation as the 2000 Gold Medallion School, and

Whereas, to better judge the most worthy recipient, the Vermont Business Roundtable, for the first time, based its decision on a review of the statewide public school assessment results, and

Whereas, for only the second time, the Vermont Business Roundtable awarded three, instead of the usual single, Gold Medallions, and

Whereas, the winners included the Green Street School, the Newton School, and South Burlington High School, and

Whereas, the students, faculty and administrators of each Gold Medallion School serve as an outstanding model for their educational counterparts across Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to congratulate the Green Street School, the Newton School, and South Burlington High School on their designation as 2000 Vermont Business Roundtable Gold Medallion Schools, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the three 2000 Gold Medallion Schools and to the Vermont Business Roundtable.