Friday, September 25, 2020
Carrie Ballinger, Rockcastle County's new superintendent, works at her desk in Mt. Vernon.

For new Rockcastle superintendent, the job means homecoming

New Rockcastle County Schools Superintendent Carrie Ballinger has more than one full-time job.
Chris Bentzel, Christian County's new Superintendent, speaks with students at an event before the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Christian County superintendent Bentzel hopes to help students take advantage of opportunities

As a student, Chris Bentzel wishes he would’ve had a little more guidance on taking advantage of opportunities and making wise decisions for his future. As the new superintendent for Christian County Schools, he wants to fully support students to help prepare them for their future.
Brian Alexander, the new superintendent for Edmonson County Schools, started out his teaching career as a business teacher at Warren Central High School (Warren County).

Alexander seeking positive experiences for students as new Edmonson County superintendent

As a child, Brian Alexander loved going to school. He loved learning, had good relationships with his teachers, and he enjoyed the culture and atmosphere of his schools. Now, as the new superintendent for Edmonson County Schools, he hopes to create similar positive experiences for students there.
Mark Martin, the new superintendent for Meade County Schools, is a third generation Kentucky educator.

Service to others inspires Martin, new Meade County superintendent

From a young age, Mark Martin admired the impact his family – the majority of whom are educators – and his teachers had on him and his fellow classmates. Martin now hopes to continue positively impacting students as the new superintendent for Meade County Schools.
Damian Johnson gives a presentation on education legislation.

Damian Johnson’s heart lies at Jenkins Independent

Damian Johnson will lead the way at Jenkins Independent beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, but this is far from his first stop in the district. In fact, this isn’t even the first time Johnson has proved to be a leader in Jenkins.
Picture of Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

KDE stands ready to work with districts and schools as classes resume

I know this is the most unusual opening Kentucky – and the rest of the country – probably has ever had. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and I stand ready to help all our districts as the school year begins.
Graphic: From the Desk of the Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. A Thank You to Kentucky's Families for Your Patience During the COVID-19 Crisis. August 14, 2020.

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s Aug. 14 letter to families

I know these are frustrating times for all of Kentucky’s public school families.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Families, educators must remain flexible and good examples if schools are to reopen

I think one of the hardest things for those of us who are planning for the upcoming school year – parents and teachers alike – is the uncertainty of it all.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An update for Kentucky's Families about the COVID-19 crisis and our schools, July 24, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s July 24 letter to families

As plans are being created for the upcoming school year, we are all struggling with how children will learn, remain safe and traverse an environment unlike one we have ever experienced. It’s a time when parents are trying to figure out whether their children will be taught at school or through non-traditional instruction from home, along with how their children will get to school and what they will do after school.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. A Letter to Kentucky's Teachers and Staff, July 24, 2020

A letter to teachers and school staff from Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Dear Public School Family: I just wanted to thank all of you who attended the “Reopening Kentucky Schools: Virtual Town Hall for Educators and Staff” on...
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An Update for Kentucky's Families, July 10, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s July 10 letter to families

I am pleased to share that the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) announced today that Jason Glass will be Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. Dr. Glass has been serving as superintendent and chief learner for Jeffco Public Schools in the metro Denver area since 2017.
News

KDE awarded federal grant to recruit, retain local and state program leaders to improve...

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE's) Office of Special Education and Early Learning has been awarded a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.
Statement from Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass

A statement from Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass

"As an educator and native Kentuckian, I (along with many others in the state) have been shaken over the death of Breonna Taylor, who not too long ago graduated from Western High School in Louisville and was working to build a career and life serving others as a health care worker.
2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools. U.S. Department of Education names 5 Kentucky public schools: Carter City Elementary School (Carter County); duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County); Hazel Green Elementary School (Laurel County); Junction City Elementary School (Boyle County); Marie Gatton Phillips Elementary School (McLean County)

Five Kentucky public schools named 2020 Blue Ribbon winners

The U. S. Department of Education named five Kentucky public schools as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence.
News

Public comment sought on waiver for Kentucky’s 21st CCLC Programs

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is accepting public comments on a proposed waiver to offer flexibility to 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant programs. 
Special Superintendents' Webcast: September 22, 2020

Kentucky superintendents get KDE budget news, update on COVID-19 reporting

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has submitted a draft proposal to the state outlining what services would be impacted and what challenges would result from a possible 8% budget cut.
Announcements

Information, applications coming soon for Governor’s School for the Arts

Applications will open soon for the summer 2021 session of the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), and the first virtual information session on how to apply will be at 4:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 1.
Contests

T-shirt contest can bring prizes for student, class while feeding the hungry

A T-shirt design contest for children ages 12 and under can help fight hunger, as every entry will trigger a $20 donation from the Spartan Kids Foundation to contest sponsor Blessings in a Backpack.
Announcements

TVA offers STEM grants  in some Kentucky counties

Schools in 19 southwestern Kentucky counties are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Applications for the TVA STEM Classroom Grant Program are open until Oct. 16.
Announcements

Virtual sessions, registration coming for young entrepreneurs event

Students can start applying Nov. 16 for the 2021 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE). The summer event is open to current Kentucky students in grades 9-11.
Announcements

Teach healthy habits during Safe Schools Week

“Healthy Habits, Shield Our Schools!” is the theme for this year’s Kentucky Safe Schools Week, Oct. 18-24.

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