Board hears update on turnaround process at KCHS

Board members heard an update on the turnaround process at Knox Central High School during a special-called meeting held Monday, June 3.

The joint work session between the Board of Education, Knox Central leadership team, and Kentucky Department of Education staff, provided members with an overview of the school transformation model and an update on progress made during the past school year.   During the past year, KCHS faculty and staff increased ACT scores, attendance, and college/career readiness while decreasing the drop out rate. 

The transformation model is being used following an audit of Knox Central in early 2012.   At that time Knox Central was listed in “priority” status according to the accountability model in place by the Kentucky Department of Education.  Educational recovery leaders were assigned to Knox Central to help “transform” the school.  To exit priority status, the school must meet annual accountability goals for three (3) consecutive years; no longer being calculated as a school in the lowest five (5) percent; and score at or above a seventy (70) percent graduation rate for three (3) consecutive years.

It is the goal of the educational recovery leaders assigned to Knox Central to build capacity in leadership at the school to sustain continued growth.   The school is under the direction of principal Tim Melton, assistant principals Lana Sowders and David Jackson, and KDE recovery leaders Kristie Collett, Debra Reed, and Kim Bullard.

Additional information about the Board meeting is available in Board Notes, an electronic newsletter highlighting actions and discussions that took place during the meeting.  [Download document]