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For Release — Monday, March 22, 2004

SEVEN NEW YORK STATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE BUSINESS COUNCIL'S PATHFINDER AWARDS IN SEPARATE CEREMONIES
Business Council's Prestigious Award Honors Schools for Educational Improvement

ALBANY—Elementary schools in Albany, Erie, Oswego, Queens, the Bronx, and Delaware counties will receive The Business Council's 2004 Pathfinder Award in separate ceremonies in late March and early April. The award honors schools that show high improvement from one year to the next as measured by their students' scores on state tests. Twenty-four schools around the state will receive the award. See the complete list of winners on page 2, below.

The schools scheduled to receive the awards are:

P.S. 28, the Triangle Academy, of the Buffalo City School District in Erie County will receive its award. The ceremony will take place at the school. For further information, contact school principal Margaret Boorady at 716-828-4777. This school was selected from all public elementary schools in the state's judicial district 8, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

P.S. 121, the Magnet School for the Visual and Performing Arts of Queens Community School District in Queens, will receive its award at a ceremony. The event will take place at the school. For further information, contact school principal Henry Somers at 718-738-5126. This school was selected from all public elementary schools in the state's judicial district 11, which includes all of Queens.

Roxbury Elementary School of the Roxbury Central School District in Delaware County will receive its award at a ceremony. The event will take place at the school. For further information, contact school principal Lynn New at 607-758-4130. This school was selected from all public elementary schools in the state's judicial district 6, which includes Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties.

P.S. 32, the Belmont School of Global Studies of the Bronx Community School District in the Bronx will receive its award at a ceremony. The event will take place at the school. For further information, contact school principal Ester Schwartz at 718-584-3645. This school was selected from all public elementary schools in the state's judicial district 12, which includes all of the Bronx.

P.S. 156, the Laurelton School, of the Queens Community School District in Queens, will receive its award at a ceremony. The event will take place at the school. For further information, contact school principal Doreen E. Little at 718-528-9173. This school was selected from all public elementary schools in the state's judicial district 11, which includes all of Queens.

Arbor Hill Elementary School, of the Albany Central School District in Albany County will receive its award at a ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the school. For further information, contact school principal Robert White at 518-462-7166. This school was selected from all public elementary schools in the state's judicial district 3, which includes Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

The Williamstown Elementary School of the Altmar Parish-Williamstown Central School District in Oswego County will receive its award at a ceremony. The event will take place at the school. For further information, contact school principal Jeanne Brown at 315-625-5280. This school was selected from all public elementary schools in the state's judicial district 5, which includes Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties.

Background on the Pathfinder Award: The Council awards the Pathfinder Award to two or more schools in each of 12 regions of the state. Winning schools are chosen by The Council based on a range of criteria, including improvement in scores and the number and percentage of students tested. In addition, at least half of a school's students must meet or exceed state standards on the fourth-grade English Language Arts (ELA) and math tests before the school can qualify for the award. Two awards are given in each of 12 different regions across the state. These regions are the state's judicial districts because those regions are the basis of appointments to the state Board of Regents. The program is in its fourth year.

Schools that win the award receive $1,000 for the school's programs and a trophy in recognition of the achievement.

Here is a complete list of the 2004 Pathfinder Award winners:

SCHOOL / SCHOOL DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT IN TEST SCORES (2002-2003)
  English Language Arts Math
P.S. 46 (the Arthur Tappan School), New York City Community School District 5 in Manhattan 49 percent 54 percent
P.S. 133 (the Fred R. Moore Academy), New York City Community School District 5 in Manhattan 54 percent 35 percent
P.S. 270 (the Johann Dekalb School), New York City Community School District 13 in Brooklyn 103 percent 184 percent
P.S. 384 (the Frances E. Carter School), New York City Community School District 32 in Brooklyn 154 percent 104 percent
Berlin Elementary School, Berlin Central School District in Rensselaer County 36 percent 90 percent
Arbor Hill Elementary School, Albany City School District in Albany County 36 percent 59 percent
East Side Elementary School, Gouverneur Central School District in St. Lawrence County 95 percent 89 percent
Madrid Waddington Elementary School, Madrid Waddington Central School District in St. Lawrence County 48 percent 62 percent
Williamstown Elementary School, Altmar Parish-WMS Town Central School District in Oswego County 112 percent 182 percent
Delaware Elementary School, Syracuse City School District in Onondaga County 116 percent 70 percent
Roxbury Elementary School, Roxbury Central School District in Delaware County
10 percent 110 percent
Virgil Elementary School, Cortland City School District in
Cortland County
30 percent 66 percent
Lindley Presho Elementary School, Corning City School District in Steuben County 76 percent 25 percent
Penn Yan Elementary School, Penn Yann Central School District in Yates County 26 percent 61 percent
P.S. 28 (the Triangle Academy), Buffalo City School District in Erie County
257 percent 92 percent
P.S. 80 (Highgates Heights), Buffalo City School District in Erie County
120 percent 9 percent
Foxfire School, Yonkers City School District in Westchester County 69 percent 134 percent
Casimir Pulaski, Yonkers City School District in Westchester County
13 percent 103 percent
Oak Park Elementary School, Brentwood Union Free School District in Suffolk County
44 percent 62 percent
Ludlum School, Hempstead Union Free School District in Nassau County
47 percent 22 percent
P.S. 156 (the Laurelton School) New York City Community School District 29 in Queens
84 percent 90 percent
P.S. 121 (the Magnet School for the Visual and Performing Arts), New York City Community School District 28 in Queens
37 percent 78 percent
P.S. 32 (the Belmont School), New York City Community School District 10 in the Bronx
124 percent 51 percent
P.S. 92, New York City Community School District 12, in the Bronx 80 percent 85 percent

Employers that have supported the Pathfinder Awards include Anheuser-Busch, Inc.; Apple Computers; Buck & Pulleyn; CH Energy Group; ChevronTexaco; Consolidated Edison, Inc.; Corning Incorporated; Fleet Bank; Frontier Communciations; Golub Corporation; HSBC; KeyBank; KeySpan; Metropolitan Life; Pfizer; The Pike Company; The Pioneer Development Company; Racemark International; Security Mututal Life Insurance Company, and State Farm Insurance Company.

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