Meadowview recieves Blue Ribbon
The Alabama Independent School Association honored another local school.
Meadowview Christian School was named a Blue Ribbon School by the AISA. Meadowview is the second Selma-area school to be recognized.
“It’s just a recognition that the teachers and the students have made us one of the better schools in the state, ” said headmaster Dr. Michael Gaylor.
Meadowview has been selected as a Blue Ribbon School every year since 2003. Only 18 of 60 AISA schools were selected this year.
Schools must receive high tests scores, have a staff that exceeds professional standards and offer a variety of extracurricular activities in order to be designated “Blue Ribbon.”
Gaylor said Meadowview’s test scores, particularly in the elementary grades, consistently rank near the top in the state. It is not just one teacher, either. Gaylor said each year a different teacher ranks near the top.
Rexene Redd began teaching at Meadowview the first year it was designated a Blue Ribbon School. She teaches high school English and said it feels good to be recognized by the AISA.
“It’s like winning first place,” Redd said. “You’re getting something that recognizes all your hard work.”
Redd said each teacher ensures every student has a proper learning environment and understands the course material.
“The teachers here believe any student can learn under the right circumstances,” Redd said.
Student organizations are also important at Meadowview. Gaylor said students are constantly reaching out into the community. The Student Government Association collects canned foods for the needy, and Meadowview cheerleaders visit area nursing homes.
“That comes back to that family atmosphere,” Gaylor said.
While family atmosphere is not part of the “Blue Ribbon” criteria, Gaylor mentioned more than once that this is what truly sets Meadowview apart from other schools. He credits the parents of his students for taking the initiative to improve the school.
“Because it is a private school, the parents have to be involved,” he said.
Gaylor said it shows people in Selma do care about their children.
“Obviously, it’s a credit to the whole community,” Gaylor said. “I’m just real proud of the students, the parents and the teachers.”