HUSTONVILLE — it was Hustonville Elementary's turn in the spotlight.
The school hosted the January monthly board meeting and district officials honored the school's staff for being one of two schools in the district to earn a "proficient" rating under Kentucky's new K-PREP school performance assessment.
Hustonville Elementary performed better under K-PREP than 72 percent of elementary schools in the state, placing 207th out of 733 public elementary schools.
Superintendent Karen Hatter said Hustonville's staff members, who teach at a school with a tiger mascot, had definitely "earned their stripes" by helping individual students improve, something that factors substantially into K-PREP scores.
"One of the things that I know about Hustonville Elementary is that .. you've been a high-flying, high-achieving school for as long as I can remember," Hatter said, while the staff was presented with a banner celebrating their K-PREP score of 63. "You are the school in Lincoln County with the most consistent record."
Hustonville first-grade teacher Sara Pendygraft confirmed over her 13 years at the school, there have always been "very high expectations" and those expectations have been met, in part thanks to the school's leadership.
"We have very strong, engaged, dedicated leadership that sets the tone for us teachers," she said.
Fourth-grade teacher Diana Lane told board members the school succeeds consistently because the students are more than students to the teachers, they're "our babies."
"We're all invested in our children and we want this school to succeed," she said. "I think that we all strive for our children to be life-long learners and that's one of the reasons that we're successful."
Hustonville Principal Don Leigh, who previously headed up the other Lincoln school to earn a proficient rating, McKinney Elementary, said he personally witnesses the 24/7 kind of effort his teachers put forth every day.
"Their switch is on and it doesn't stop," he said. "It's every day."
Next month's board of education meeting is scheduled to be held at Lincoln County High School, in order to honor the school as the "most improved" in the district.
In other school board news, the board approved a school calendar for the 2013-2014 year that includes 172 instructional days.
The opening day of school is scheduled for Aug. 7. and barring snow days, the closing day of school is scheduled for May 19.