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WCSD School Board Wins CUBE Award

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The Washoe County School Board beat out hundreds of other school districts around the country to win a prestigious national award.

WCSD was chosen for the Council of Urban Boards of Education, or "CUBE" award, over some of the best school districts in the country, like Baltimore City Public Schools, and Prince George's County, near Washington, D.C.

"We are so proud that we won this award this year," WCSD board member Estela Gutierrez said. "This is significant not only for us in Washoe County, but for the state. We are the first one on the west coast to receive this award."

The CUBE award is given to one school district every year based on its academic progress, leadership, and involvement in the community.

In a press conference Monday, district officials credited Washoe County's "strategic plan," which was implemented in 2009, for the win. They said an award like this tells them they are steering the district in the right direction, and paves the way to better funding from the state legislature, and more grants from the federal government.

Superintendent Pedro Martinez said that will help the district in an uphill battle that they undertook nearly four years ago.

"We have, compared to four years ago, a 69 percent graduation rate compared to 56 percent four years ago," Martinez said. "So, you're seeing the consistency in leadership and the benefit it's had for the district."

Martinez said that although they are proud of the award, they realize they still have a long journey ahead. The district's graduation rate dropped slightly from last year, and he said closing achievement gaps in at-risk populations continues to be a challenge.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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