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School Board Recognitions
October 20, 2015

6A. 2015 National Blue Ribbon Award

The School Board is pleased to recognize Great Neck Middle School for being named a 2015 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Here to accept the award on behalf of the school is Principal Dr. Gene Soltner, and Assistant Principals John Chowns and Deborah Price.

The school was nominated by the Virginia Department of Education for this prestigious distinction. Great Neck students performed in the top 15 percent of all schools in Virginia in both reading and math. In addition, all of the school’s student subgroups were in the top 40 percent of all schools for reading and math. The award is designed to affirm the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. Established in 1982, the Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing achievement gaps.

This is the second VBCPS School to earn the Blue Ribbon honor in two years. Last year, Hermitage Elementary School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. The program is part of a larger Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. The Blue Ribbon award will be officially presented to the Great Neck Middle School during a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding school!

6B. VAGP Distinguished Service Award

The School Board is pleased to recognize J. Kevin Beardsley, Director of Purchasing Services, for receiving the Distinguished Service Award by the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP).

Mr. Beardsley was hired by Virginia Beach City Public Schools in 1984 as a Technology Education Teacher. In 1985, he joined the Office of Business Services as a Procurement Specialist and was promoted to the Director of Purchasing in 1996.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member displaying distinguished service to the organization. Mr. Beardsley was chosen based on his service to VAGP which resulted in state and/or national recognition that positively reflects on the purchasing profession. He provides active leadership in purchasing organizations and community affairs, as well as contributes to education and professional development at the state and/or national level. He has published articles for leading procurement publications, led his department to receive two National Procurement Institute Achievement of Excellence Awards, and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent’s Quality Award.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Beardsley on this outstanding award!

Mr. Chairman that concludes our student and employee recognitions for this evening.

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017