The selection process began in December, when the school applied for the award, she said. The committee took all applications and went to work. Each school was visited and evaluated.
“I recommended Seabrook due to its phenomenal approach to educating the whole child through a caring faculty and staff and an extensive involvement of community resources,” she said. “A sense of community and caring exists in every aspect throughout the school. They use a variety of teaching strategies and best practices infused with technology.”
Belanger said the school was fortunate to have state-of-the-art technology.
“We’re very fortunate, for the students and teachers have cutting-edge technology to use in Seabrook,” Belanger said. “The community is very generous and supports us on this.”
Gondek said the criteria of the EDies does not eliminate districts like Seabrook that are listed as “In need of improvements,” under the No Child Left Behind testing system. Teaching is more than just test scores, she said, and as long as a school has an action plan to correct its problems, it can still apply.
“Seabrook has an action plan, and they showed it to us,” she said. “We had a wonderful visit the day we were there. We didn’t want to leave.”