Jefferson Township was recognized as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).
The award has been given annually for 20 years to school districts that make music education a core part of their curriculum. The honorees for 2019 include 623 districts across 41 states. Schools are evaluated based on funding, staffing, standards of education, and access to education. This year, an additional survey was implemented.
“Our students and staff have a great deal to be proud of,” said Jeanne Howe, superintendent of Jefferson schools. “This is the fifth year in a row we have been honored with this award, which showcases the dedication of our entire community to music education.”
Mary Luehrsen of the NAMM Foundation stated, “We have some school communities that have received this recognition year after year. But every year, new schools and districts are upping their game when it comes to music and the arts, often despite budget and curriculum pressures.” She added, “The Best Community schools show what can be done when teachers, school and community leaders, and parents all agree that music is essential and not optional as a learning force that must be available to all students.”
In addition to Jefferson, the following Morris County school districts were recognized: Kinnelon, Madison, Montville Township, Mount Olive, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Randolph Township, and West Morris Regional.