Three schools receive Governor’s Award

Kingman’s St. Patrick School received a Governor’s Award for the second year in a row.

St. Pat’s, Kingman; St. Mary’s, Fort Scott; and Holy Cross, Hutch honored
Three rural Catholic schools of the Diocese of Wichita have been awarded the Governor’s Achievement Award for Educational Excellence for scoring in the top 5 percent of all elementary schools in the state’s 2009 Kansas assessments.
For the second year in a row, St. Patrick, Kingman, has earned the Governor’s Award. The school’s pastor is Father James Weldon, and its principal is Robert Lyall. What makes this accomplishment remarkable is that, due to construction of a new school building, most of St. Pat’s classes have been conducted in makeshift classrooms in the school gymnasium.
“This is quite an honor for our students and staff, and to receive the award two years in a row is a real compliment to Catholic education,” Fr. Weldon saide.
St. Mary Catholic School, Fort Scott, may be one of the smallest schools in the diocese with 68 students, but it is mighty, as evidenced by its selection for the Governor’s Award. The pastor of Mary Queen of Angels is Father Darrin May, and the principal is Krista Gorman.
The Pre-K through 5th-grade school will now have a prestigious award to grace its new facility opened in April of this year. Mrs. Gorman said, “This is awesome. I am so proud of our teachers. We are a small school with limited material resources but we are blessed with great teachers and supportive parents and parishioners.”
Holy Cross Catholic School in Hutchinson is the third diocesan school to receive the Governor’s Award. Their pastor is Father Joe Eckberg, and the principal is Kevin Hedrick.
Hedrick was delighted for his teachers. “Our teachers really care that each student is successful. They work hard, and they work well together. It’s good to see their efforts recognized,” he said.
Diocesan superintendent Bob Voboril said, “There are very few, if any, other school districts that had three schools qualify for the Governor’s Award. This recognition also confirms the quality of our rural schools. On behalf of Bishop Jackels, I want to thank the pastors, parishioners, parents, administrators and teachers whose daily sacrifices make our Catholic schools so special.”