Superintendent Spotlight: Sanford Holbrook, Robertson County

Sanford Holbrook
Sanford Holbrook

The Robertson County school district is very proud of its traditions. This year, district leaders and staff have started successfully implementing many new programs to promote student achievement.

The changes have been numerous. The district has begun a daytime Extended School Services program and has hired a reading specialist and a language mechanics specialist to work with students in small groups during the day. The district also has created a data room where teachers have retreats to analyze student data.

Robertson County has increased classroom observations and given them a purpose. The district also has completely revamped the mathematics curriculum from preschool through 12th grade. In addition, teachers have developed classroom systems that allow students to be more involved in their assessments and goal setting. Teachers also are working in structured Professional Learning Communities to focus on individual student data and ways to help each child be successful.

Robertson County has a focus on each child graduating college- and career-ready. With the help of the Hazel Dryden Memorial Scholarship, juniors and seniors are taking dual credit college classes at the local community college. The district works with students to ensure that they explore career pathways that interest them and enable them to graduate being career-ready as well.

Robertson County’s K-PREP, ACT, College- and Career-Readiness and other assessment numbers are moving in the right direction. Robertson County High School showed the second biggest improvement of Kentucky high schools in the state in 2014-15. The district celebrated another success this year when Robertson County Middle School and Robertson County High both won the statewide High Attendance Day held on September 24.

The success of Robertson County is a source of pride in the district’s small community. As such, the support received from the community is second to none. The community has started the Robertson County Education Foundation for Academic Excellence with the sole purpose of providing resources to the school and students to enhance learning opportunities.