Perry Township Schools wins national award for educational effectiveness

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - There was a big surprise Thursday for a Central Indiana school district.

Perry Township Schools won a national award, and it came with a whole lot of money.

"Could the students show us what that financial prize is? Yes, it carries with it a financial prize," said Lowell Milken, chairman and founder of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching.

NIET presented Perry Schools with the first ever "Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness." Milken also awarded the district a $50,000 prize.

"Mr. Milken, I'm not usually at a loss for words, but that pretty much did it right there. Thank you so much," said Patrick Mapes, superintendent.

The award recognizes the district's success in developing teacher leaders, the educators who work directly with the administrators.