A program aimed at recognizing middle and high schools that service a large number of students living in poverty has selected a southeast Kansas school as one of its honorees.

A program aimed at recognizing middle and high schools that service a large number of students living in poverty has selected a southeast Kansas school as one of its honorees.


Columbus Unified High School (CUHS), in Cherokee County, was named one of five National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Breakthrough schools for 2011. The program was co-sponsored by the MetLife Foundation.


“To be honest, I really wasn’t surprised,” said CUHS principal Steve Jameson. “I knew what the award was about and knew what we had done here in Columbus and I felt that we exemplified what the program is about.”


CUHS has approximately 45.3 percent of its students that live at or below the poverty line and 54 percent of the entire district is considered low socio-economic status.