Arenac Eastern earns bronze medal


TWINING — The Arenac Eastern School District recently received some good news when it learned that Arenac Eastern High School had been chosen as one of the top schools in the country by a 2010 U.S. News & World Report.

AE earned a bronze medal in the report of America’s best high schools. The report was published Dec. 9, and uses a methodology developed by School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research business run by Standard and Poor’s.

According to the report, 21,786 schools from 48 states plus the District of Columbia were evaluated. The top-100 were issued gold medals based on the study’s criteria, 561 schools were awarded silver or better, and 1,750 received bronze or better.

In Michigan, Arenac Eastern was one of 75 schools that earned bronze or better.

“Obviously, with what’s going on in the education system right now, anything positive is good news,” said Superintendent Bill Grusecki about receiving the award. He said generally AE performs quite well against other schools in the state.

“I came from Tawas, where we always did well,” Grusecki said. “Arenac Eastern’s composite ACT scores this year were only a point and a half below where Tawas was. I think we do a very good job.”

Grusecki said the district is always working to stay competitive.

“Obviously we have to keep a close eye on our curriculum and review and revisit that on a regular basis,” he said.

Grusecki said the school recently installed wireless access points throughout the school to enable students to access the Internet, thanks to tribal grants. In addition, the grant provided money for two mobile carts, which can be taken into the classrooms to access the Internet.

He said the district needs to keep working in order to continue to perform at the level it currently is.

“We need to keep doing the best job that we can to put out a good product, and that is our graduating seniors,” Grusecki said.


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