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Central Falls to get health award

September 17, 2010

Central Falls school leaders will be honored with an award for most improved health and wellness programs for students. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is scheduled to present the award next week at the annual Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition Breakfast for School Leaders.

The award must feel like a welcome change for Central Falls school officials, who have been singled out for more criticism than praise in recent months. The district is in the first year of a high school overhaul ordered by state officials to address a history of low test scores and low graduation rates.

The turnaround effort received national attention earlier this year when school officials threatened to fire the entire school faculty. The teachers later agreed to work a longer school day and spend more time in meetings and training. Most chose to return for the current school year.

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