The William Floyd School District has been honored with the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This honor has been bestowed upon only four percent of school districts across the nation. William Floyd has received this designation three times in 2004, 2006 and again in 2017.
“On behalf of the entire William Floyd School District, it is my pleasure to congratulate the music department on achieving this amazing honor,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools, William Floyd School District. “Our music students are consistently earning top honors in local-, regional-, state- and national-level music festivals, as well as high ratings at various competitions. This award is a testament to the incredibly talented music faculty and the work that they put in every day.”
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, William Floyd answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“The awards program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum,” according to the NAMM Foundation. “Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. These districts and schools set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.”
“This award has been a true team effort from the Board of Education, district administration and the entire music department,” said George Ober, Chairperson, Music Department, William Floyd School District. “Each of these groups play an important role of how we offer music education to our students. I am extremely proud to work for a district that values and promotes music education.”
Members of the award-winning music faculty include: Kaitlin Albus, Kelly Bergquist, Diana Brown, Amanda Burrage, William Cento, Michael Cicerelli, Christine Coffill, Dawn Conefry, Joseph Cordaro, Michael Cordaro, Jonathan Dignam, Barbara D’Orio, Ryan Feldscher, Ralph Guasp, Richard Harris, Therese Heins, Garry Helbock, Kimberly Hyland, Sharon Kitzis, Jessica Marks, Christopher Miranda, Denise Post, Donia Rivera, Barbara Sapanaro, Amy Mason Sckipp, Michelle Seifert, Christopher Shaughnessy, Mick Singh, Jon Trask, Debora-Ann Tomko, Donna Visone-O’Brien, Lynn Zummo, Christine Saraceno and George Ober.
About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by The National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.