A “distinguished-progressing” district ranked 16th based on overall score in the state’s Unbridled Learning accountability system, the Logan County school district is home to two elementary schools selected for the Blue Ribbon Schools program and four schools named Kentucky Middle Schools to Watch.
The district has a student-centered culture of excellence built on a strong foundation of parent and community support. When it comes to helping students graduate ready for college and career, nothing matters more than the quality of Logan County’s teachers, principals and support staff who are some of the finest in Kentucky.
Community support for education in the district was evident with the passage of the recallable nickel tax last spring. The revenue from this tax will generate funds needed to construct a $20 million state-of-the-art Area Technology Center, set to open in fall 2017, providing more opportunities for students to earn dual credit and to transition successfully from school to work. Last year, students in Logan County took 547 dual credit classes resulting in tuition savings of more than $620,000 for students and their families.
Other student opportunities include the Superintendent Teen Task Force (STTF) and Youth Leadership Logan County. As STTF members, selected 8th-grade students from each district middle school spend one day each month learning about leadership and building relationships with each other helping to ease their transition into the ninth grade Cougar Academy. Youth Leadership Logan County is a collaborative effort with the Logan County Chamber of Commerce allowing sophomores from both Logan County school systems to visit local business and industry partners each month mirroring the adult version of Leadership Logan.
The Math & Science Camp for Teachers is another partnership between Logan County and local businesses. During the summer, nearly 20 teachers spent a week together visiting local businesses in an effort to add relevance to their instruction and answer the student question “When will I ever use what you are teaching me today?”
A focus on leadership development extends to adults as well. New teachers participate in the Professional Growth Academy which meets monthly to provide professional development on instruction, classroom management and technology. Grow Your Own assists those desiring to improve their professional standing through exposure to contemporary topics and avenues to apply leadership abilities while working productively with colleagues.