LEXINGTON — The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence announced last week that Carter County will join the Prichard Committee’s transformative Kentucky Community Schools Initiative.
“This is a pivotal moment for education in Kentucky. Our expansion to include new districts in the Kentucky Community Schools Initiative underscores our commitment to improving student futures through community-driven solutions,” said Brigitte Blom, President/CEO of the Prichard Committee. “Each selected district shows promise and shares our vision. We are eager to see the positive change that unfolds in these communities.”
The Prichard Committee was awarded a $47 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education last year, and it will channel $30 million of the grant directly into the Kentucky education system through the implementation of full-service community schools, known as the Kentucky Community School Initiative.
“Joining the Kentucky Community Schools Initiative marks not just a new chapter for our district, but a renewed commitment to every student’s future. Together, we’re paving the way for holistic education, ensuring that every child, regardless of their background, has the tools, support, and environment they need to thrive,” said Dr. Paul Green, Carter County Superintendent.
The Kentucky Community Schools Initiative champions community-led educational solutions tailored specifically for Kentucky students and their families. When implemented effectively, the community schools model has been proven to boost student outcomes, increase college enrollments, and contribute to the overall well-being of students, especially in high-poverty schools.
Carter County will join 20 other districts across the state in implementing the full-service community schools model. With the joint efforts of these districts and the resources provided through the grant, the Prichard Committee is supporting a community-centered approach to education, tailored to the unique needs of each district.