In his third year as superintendent, Kyle Estes is leading the Hancock County school district to embody the principles and practices of a champion organization as it prepares students for college, careers and life. As a part of the district’s mission, it is “committed to instilling and conducting ourselves with integrity, service, quality and trust.”
There are many initiatives happening in the Hancock County school district which drive high college- and career-readiness rates as compared to other districts in Kentucky. The most recent is an Early College Academy, a joint project with Owensboro Community and Technical College, which allows students to earn an associate’s degree during their junior and senior years in high school.
Four years ago, the district committed to putting an iPad in the hands of every high school student. Not only was this goal achieved, but it has been highly successful. Starting in 2014-15, each middle school student will begin the school year with a district-issued iPad.
Mathematics and science are focal points in Hancock County. The elementary schools sponsor LEGO clubs which foster mathematics- and science-based technology and creative thinking. The clubs also lead into the Gateway to Technology program at the middle school. The middle school offers three science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes: Design & Model, Automation & Robotics, and Energy & Environment. The Gateway to Technology program feeds the Project Lead the Way program at the high school. In addition, the Hancock County program was one of the state’s first fully certified programs.
Hancock County High School also is one of 23 high schools in the state to offer aerospace education courses for high school credit.
The district’s elementary schools participate in Leader in Me, a schoolwide model that prepares students to be leaders in the 21st century.
Superintendent Estes and the dedicated faculty and staff of the Hancock County school district are committed to preparing students for success by ensuring students are learning today in order to be the leaders of tomorrow.