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NEWS RELEASES 1999-00 :: JANUARY 7, 2000


Nine public school systems will receive the 1999 Governor's Programs of Excellence in Education Award at an Awards Luncheon to be held Monday, Jan. 10, at the Pinehurst Hotel, Pinehurst.

State Superintendent Mike Ward said, "The programs being honored represent creativity, hard work, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence. Their positive impact on students has been immense and will go a long way toward strengthening our schools, our communities, and our state."

The school systems receiving this award, the programs being recognized, and contact people are as follows:

The awards program was created in 1983 as a way to recognize exemplary programs in education and the hard work of public school administrators, teachers and students. The recipients will join 65 previous winners whose innovative programs are helping to make a difference in the lives of thousands of public school students.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.