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Rue Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School Nominee

Principal Casey Moran stood poised in his lucky orange jacket in front of staff and district representatives to reveal that Rue Elementary had been named a National Blue Ribbon School nominee by the Iowa Department of Education on Friday morning.

“This is amazing news, our team strives for excellence every day, and this recognition honors the hard work and dedication of our outstanding staff and students,” said Rue Principal Casey Moran. “I strongly believe this is a reflection of the focus throughout the school district on high quality instructional practices, an engaging curriculum, and the practice of holding all students to high standards.”

The Iowa Department of Education nominated Rue Elementary School to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the Exemplary High Performing School category. According to the state, Rue is among the top 15% of Iowa schools to demonstrate sustainable academic growth in English/language arts and math, and is one of only five schools in the state to be nominated.

“I am so proud of the work by our entire school community to enhance student achievement, said Superintendent Dr. Vickie Murillo. “It is very exciting to have Rue recognized at the state level, and represent our school district as a National Blue Ribbon nominee.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices.


Rue Principal Casey Moran shares that Rue Elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon School Nominee