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NEWPORT - The Newport Independent Schools has won a major national award for the district's efforts to bring educational equity to all students.

Newport is a first place winner of the prestigious Magna Award, which is sponsored by the National School Boards' Association's flagship magazine, American School Board Journal. Newport was honored among districts of under 5,000 students.

The Magna Awards, supported by Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations, honor districts across the country for programs that break down barriers for underserved students. A panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from 200 submissions.

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