Amarillo Independent School District has received the "2013 Best Community for Music Education" Award. The first in school history. The National Award comes from the National Music Merchants Foundation. Only 22 school districts in Texas were chosen, AISD being one of those. Pronews 7 is featuring their accomplishment in this week's Region 16 Spotlight Education.
It's an accomplishment that's been decades in the making.
"It's a national award presented by the National Association of Music Merchants to any community which meets a strenuous set of standards," said AISD Director of Fine Arts, Cody Myers.
Those standards Myers says, includes a week worth of paperwork just to complete the application for the award.
"There's a lot of statistics involved as far as student population, the kinds of spending allocations you have for your program, test results, contest results, individual student results," said Myers.
Accompanied by administration and community involvement, scheduling and much more. So you can imagine their excitement to hear they had been chosen.
"I can't say enough about the quality of the music staff. These guys are just fantastic teachers they motivate the kids they give them what they need and believe in the children and expect them to succeed," said Myers.
Myers says, the award speaks about the quality of music education in the district.
"To see over a period of time that we are doing things kind of the right way enough that we have qualified for this award its just really gratifying and exciting," said Myers.
He also adds, that certificates will hang in the his office, as well as the superintendent's and board meeting room as a reminder of their hard work and dedication.