Maryville Daily Times: Alexander praises Maryville Schools in Senate speech

Posted on December 7, 2011

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander paid tribute to Maryville Schools on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.

In an 8½-minute speech, Alexander, R-Tenn., praised the high school both for its championship football team and the school district’s academic achievements.

He specifically cited the Maryville High football team’s 13th state championship this past weekend and the school district’s recent designation as best in the state by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).

Alexander said Congress could learn a lesson from Maryville: the ability to work well together.

“Working together is not a goal, but they realize you have to do it to get results,” Alexander said.

Alexander, a Maryville native, called himself “a proud graduate of Maryville High School.”

He cited three reasons for the school system’s success:

• The city spends 70 percent of its budget on schools;

• At least 50 percent of the county’s residents have a library card;

• If you get in trouble in school, you’ll get in trouble at home.

He also cited a comment that Maryville High’s new principal Greg Roach made about the key to Maryville’s success:

“It’s a town school, and when something happens the town shows up.”

Alexander said that applies in Maryville whether it’s a sports event or an academic awards ceremony.