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For Immediate Release: January 26, 2010
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Flandreau Elementary earns national recognition

Flandreau Elementary School has been selected as a 2009 National Title I Distinguished School and was honored during the 2010 National Title I Conference in Washington, D.C., last week. 

Schools selected for this national recognition must have a poverty rate of at least 35 percent and have met or exceeded state standards for making adequate yearly progress for two or more consecutive years.

Because of its student performance in recent years, Flandreau Elementary was nominated by the South Dakota Department of Education.

“We are very honored to receive this award,” said Flandreau Elementary Principal Brad Olinger. “We looked forward to having a few of our staff members attend the National Title I Conference to learn even more ideas and strategies they can utilize in their classrooms to increase student achievement.”

Title I is a federally funded program providing more than $17 billion in federal aid to schools and districts serving students in poverty. The goal of Title I is to ensure that all children, especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions, have the opportunity to receive a high quality education.

The National Title I Distinguished School program began in 1986 as an annual recognition for Title I schools showing remarkable improvement and innovation. It is sponsored by the National Title I Association. To learn more about all National Title I Distinguished Schools and the other programs of the National Title I Association, visit