December 2, 1999

School District Receives Blue Ribbon Education Award

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce announced that USD383 has ranked as a
Blue Ribbon school district by Expansion Management Magazine in its annual
Education Quotient.
Each year, Expansion Management ranks over 1,500 school districts across
the country on how well that district is preparing its students to be part
of the work force after graduation. This special report is mailed to over
45,000 CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors and other officers of companies,
which have indicated they are considering expanding into new geographic
“We are extremely please and proud, although not totally surprised, that
our local district performed well,” said Dan Colantone, President/CEO of
the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. “Receiving this sort of national
recognition will go a long way toward convincing businesses that they can
grow and prosper in our community.”
The EQ evaluates school districts according to three indices: Graduate
Outcome (how well students learn and how many stay through graduation),
Resource Index (which measures a community’s financial commitment to
education) and Community Index (which measures the community’s adult
education and income levels). Gold Medal schools rank in the top 15 percent
of those districts evaluated, while Blue Ribbon schools rank in the top
third nationally.
Expansion Management Editor Bill King said the magazine’s annual Ratings
Issue, which includes the Education Quotient, is its most popular issue of
the year.
 “The Education Quotient provides them with a way to compare communities
nationwide in terms of the quality work force they are likely to encounter
should they choose to open a business facility there.” said King.
In addition to its Gold Medal and Blue Ribbons, the magazine also issues
other ratings, such as Green Light, Yellow Flag and Red Zone. The Education
Quotient is now in its ninth year and is a well-respected national study.
Other magazines, such as Money and American Health, use the Education
Quotient data to make their judgments as to most “livable” cities and
“healthiest” cities.