In an effort to highlight exemplary practices in Kentucky’s alternative education programs, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is offering, for the second year, is asking superintendents to nominate A5 or A6 programs in their districts that meet the criteria to be designated as a Best Practice Site.

Using criteria developed by KDE’s Alternative Education Advisory Committee, each superintendent will be able to nominate one or more alternative education program or programs from his or her district. Each alternative program selected as a Best Practice Site will receive $1,000 for instructional support and will be recognized at an upcoming meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education.

Nominations are due by Feb. 17.

Once KDE personnel receive the nominations, the applications will be screened and dates will be set for site visits to the programs selected as finalists. Each program considered for final selection will be visited by a team of three educators with in-depth experience in alternative programs. Due to the unique nature of alternative education programs, the Best Practice Site designation applies for one year only.

Any questions about this process or questions can be referred to Sherri Clusky at (502) 564-4772 ext. 4546 or via e-mail at