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Nine New Jersey schools earn National Blue Ribbon award

NEW JERSEY – The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that nine New Jersey public schools, including two in Northwest New Jersey, earned the Blue Ribbon designation for high student achievement.

These schools are among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by student growth, statewide assessment performance, graduation rates, and student group performance.

“Congratulations to these schools for earning this prestigious designation,” said Kevin Dehmer, New Jersey’s Interim Commissioner of Education. “New Jersey public schools are widely considered among the best in the nation, and these nine schools are exemplars of that level of excellence. All of the school administrators, educators, parents, students, and others involved with each of these school communities ought to be proud of their accomplishments.”

National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., where each receives a plaque and flag to signify its exemplary status. Details of the public and private schools that received the Blue Ribbon designation are provided on the U.S. Department of Education’s website.

The New Jersey public schools receiving the 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools designation include:

  • Bergen County: Bogota Public School District; Lillian M. Steen Elementary School
  • Bergen County: Fair Lawn Public School District; Henry B. Milnes Elementary School
  • Essex County: North Caldwell Public Schools; Gould School
  • Hudson County: Hudson County Schools of Technology; County Prep High School
  • Hunterdon County Tewksbury Township School District; Old Turnpike School
  • Monmouth County: Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District; Clark Mills School
  • Morris County: Denville Township School District; Riverview Elementary School
  • Ocean County: Island Heights School District; Island Heights Elementary School
  • Union County: Linden Public School District; School No. 5

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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