October 8, 2008

Eleven School Superintendents Nominated for Prestigious Richard R. Green Award

Eleven school superintendents have been nominated to receive the Richard R. Green Award in Urban Excellence, it was announced today by The Council of the Great City Schools, ARAMARK Education, and Voyager Expanded Learning. The award will be presented to one of the 11 nominees during this year's 52nd Annual Fall Conference of the Council of the Great City Schools in Houston, Texas, October 22 - 26, 2008.

The nominees for this year's award are: Carol S. Comeau, Anchorage School District (Alaska); Pascal D. Forgione, Jr., Austin Independent School District (Texas); Eugene T.W. Saunders, Cleveland Metro School District (Ohio); Gene T. Harris, Columbus Public Schools (Ohio); Michael E. Hanson, Fresno Unified School District (California); MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida); Eugene G. White, Indianapolis Public Schools (Indiana); Christopher J. Steinhauser, Long Beach Unified School District (California); John Mackiel, Omaha Public Schools (Nebraska); Ronald Blocker, Orange County Public Schools (California); Arthur C. Johnson, Palm Beach School District (Florida).

The Richard R. Green Award in Urban Excellence is bestowed upon a past or present member district superintendent or Board of Education member in recognition of exceptional contributions to urban schools and students. Considered the nation's highest urban education honor, the award pays tribute to the memory of Richard R. Green, former Minneapolis and New York City Public Schools superintendent, who won distinction as an outstanding educator and leader. The Council of the Great City Schools and ARAMARK Education have worked in partnership to sponsor this award since 1992.

"We congratulate the nominees for their dedication and commitment to our youth and to education, and for demonstrating Dr. Green's leadership principles," said Dennis Maple, president of ARAMARK Education. "ARAMARK Education is honored to continue our proud tradition of support for the Richard R. Green Award and the Council of the Great City Schools."

This year's recipient will receive a special Richard R. Green award expressing the history and ideals of Dr. Green and a $10,000 college scholarship for presentation to a senior in the winner's school system or the system from which the winner graduated.

The Council of the Great City Schools is a coalition of 66 of the nation's largest urban public school systems.

About the Council of the Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools is a coalition of 66 of the nation's largest urban public school systems. Founded in 1956 and incorporated in 1961, the Council is located in Washington D.C., where it works to promote urban education through legislation, research, media relations, instruction, management, technology, and other special projects. School districts are eligible for membership in the Council of the Great City Schools if they are located in cities with populations over 250,000 and student enrollments over 35,000. School districts with general urban characteristics located in the largest city of any state are also eligible for membership regardless of size.

About ARAMARK Education

ARAMARK Education provides a complete range of food, facility, uniform and other support services to more than 500 K-12 school districts in the U.S. It offers public and private education institutions a family of dining and facility services including: on-site and off-site breakfast and lunch meal programs, after-school snacks, catering, nutrition education, retail design and operations, maintenance, custodial, grounds, energy management, construction management, and building commissioning. For more information on ARAMARK's K-12 food service programs, please visit www.aramarkschools.com.

About Voyager Expanded Learning

Voyager Expanded Learning provides core, intervention and supplemental reading programs, as well as math intervention and ongoing professional development programs, for school districts throughout the United States. Founded in 1994, Voyager has delivered extended-time reading and basic skills intervention programs, as well as large-scale reading and math programs, to more than 1000 school districts in cities such as Buffalo, Miami, New York City, Richmond, Va., El Paso and Los Angeles, resulting in dramatically improved student performance. Voyager Expanded Learning, Inc. is a business unit of Voyager Learning Company (OTC:VLCY.PK) and based in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.voyagerlearning.com or call 1-888-399-1995.