Peterson visits Red Rock Central Secondary School to celebrate National Blue Ribbon award

Oct 18, 2018 Issues: Education


From left to right: Class President Noah Pankonin, Principal Phil Goetstouwers, and State Senator Bill Weber

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Red Rock Central Secondary School in Lamberton as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. This prestigious distinction recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools for their overall academic performance and progress in closing achievement gaps among students.

“I am proud to celebrate this important achievement with Red Rock Central Secondary School,” said Congressman Collin Peterson. “It’s selection as a Blue Ribbon School is testament to the rewards of investing in student development and productive school environments.”

Red Rock Central Secondary School is one of 349 schools selected by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program this year, including 8 from Minnesota. Buffalo Lake‐Hector‐Stewart Elementary School, Canby Elementary School, and Fertile-Beltrami Elementary School are the other winners from the 7th District. 

Congressman Peterson is a consistent advocate for rural students and schools. He recently introduced the bipartisan Addressing Teacher Shortages Act (H.R. 7023) to establish a competitive grant program at the Department of Education through which school districts can apply for funding to recruit, retain, and support teachers. Much of this funding will be dedicated to rural school districts and high-need subject areas including agriculture education.