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Wake County School Named Nation's Top Magnet School

Posted April 21, 2004 11:08 a.m. EDT

— For the second straight year, a Wake County elementary school has been named the nation's top magnet school.

Bugg Elementary School received the award Tuesday from Magnet Schools of America, a trade organization that's meeting in Raleigh this week.

Raleigh's Washington Elementary, which won last year, and Douglas Elementary were among 12 finalists.

Bugg's win is the latest national achievement for the Wake system. In February, Superintendent Bill McNeal earned the national superintendent of the year award from the American Association of School Administrators.

Bugg is a 426-student school in East Raleigh that draws families from across the county with its creative arts and science theme.

The school uses the national "A+ School" program, in which students get daily arts instruction. Teachers infuse the curriculum with art. For instance, drama teachers may act