RYE, N.Y. -- Paul Reisner has watched four of his children graduate from Rye High School and go on to college and still has two more graduations to look forward to in the district."I think quality education is important to the overall health of the community," said Resiner.
Rye High, with about 700 students, was recently ranked number 50 by Newsweek Magazine among the nation's top 500 high schools. During a five-year period it has consistently remained in the top 100."It's because the people are willing to invest money in the schools so the teachers and faculty can focus on the students," said Resiner.
Rye has only one high school. The districts other schools are also nationally-recognized for academic excellence. The three elementary schools, Milton, Osborn and Midland, have all been recognized by New York State as Schools of Excellence and the Nation as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Rye Middle School has also been recognized by the Nation as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.Rye resident Elinore White is not a parent but believes in investing in the school system nevertheless."I'm glad for every tax dollar I put into the schools," said White, who handles public relations for a global healthcare organization.Like Resiner, White also believes education is vital to a community and holds many added benefits in terms of public safety, property values and local business.She also believes that in order for America to stay competitive on a global scale, education needs to be a focus. She said Rye is an example of where that is happening."Other countries like India and China are becoming middle class nations and students here will have to be able to compete with their students in order to succeed," said White.
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