Last month, Buffalo Business First published the yearly edition of Western New York School rankings.
The overall rank of the district is 11 out of the 96 Western New York School Districts.
Hamburg High School ranked 18
Hamburg Middle School ranked 37
Armor Elementary School ( AES) ranked 31
Charlotte Avenue School (CAS) ranked 27
Union Pleasant Elementary School (UPES) ranked 55
and drum roll please .......
Boston Valley Elementary School ranked 28
A ranking of 28 doesn't seem like much of an accomplishment, unless you put it against the ranking of Boston Valley Elementary School going back a few years. As reported by Concerned Hamburger over the years, Boston Valley always fell far behind the other 3 Hamburg elementary schools. Boston Valley is a small country school with about 300 kids.
Consider the elementary school rankings over the last few years:
AES ranked 47
CAS ranked 16
UPES ranked 63
BVS ranked 149 (ouch)
AES ranked 74
CAS ranked 28
UPES ranked 58
BVS ranked 102 (ouch)
AES ranked 41
CAS ranked 33
UPES ranked 61
BVS ranked 40
If one considers that much of the demographics haven't changed in Boston since 2011-2012 other factors should be considered when looking for an explanation of the miracle in the valley. No other elementary school in the Business First reports in the last 4 years have skyrocketed like BVS's rise from 149 to 40.
So what changed?, Did the teaching staff turnover? Was there a sudden increase in the socio-economic status of the families?
We do know that in 2012, the Hamburg School Administration, in their infinite wisdom, appointed a man with no classroom teaching experience as the building principal of Boston Valley.
In July 2012, according to the Hamburg school board minutes, Mr. James Martinez was appointed Boston Valley principal. According to sources Mr. Martinez has been in Hamburg for 15 or so years. Could it be, that Hamburg has had a true educational leader on staff, a diamond in the rough, with the miraculous power to move a school ranked 149 to 28 since taking the helm? What a shame it is that the district waited so long before allowing Mr. Martinez to grow marigolds at Boston Valley.
Hats off to the kids at Boston Valley for shaking off the title of lowest ranked school in the district that now goes to Union Pleasant.
Concerned Hamburger did not see any press releases or media reports of the miracle in the valley. So it seemed appropriate to share with our readers the stunning accomplishments of the little county school.
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