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SCHOOL AWARD BOON FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Officials with the Mount Airy Schools system say that having Mount Airy High School named a national Blue Ribbon School can be a boon for the economic welfare of the region."This award really shines the national spotlight on Mount Airy," said Superintendent Dr. Greg Little. "When we sit back and think about this award it's almost so prestigious that people may not understand what it means. We're proud of our athletic teams, but every year one team from somewhere is going to win the state championship. But there are so few high schools in the nation that are named Blue Ribbon Schools that having received this award raises the bar another level."Economic development professionals agreed."In economic development we talk about the quality of education a lot," said Todd Tucker, president of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership. "One of the major components of economic development is education and having an educated workforce. Letting companies know that we have a recognized, award-winning school system is just gravy.

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