Districts of Innovation

Published: 10/5/2018 9:08 AM

KRS 156.108 and 160.107 (House Bill 37, enacted 2012) provide Kentucky public school districts the opportunity to apply to the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to be exempt from certain administrative regulations and statutory provisions, as well as waiving local board policy, in an effort to improve the learning of students. By re-thinking what a school might look like, districts will be able to redesign student learning in an effort to engage and motivate more students and increase the numbers of those who are college- and career-ready.

Links are provided to access information regarding Districts of Innovation, the application, and scoring rubric. Applications must be submitted no later than 180 days prior to implementation.​​

Our current Districts of Innovation strongly support this initiative as evidenced by feedback from the participating districts.

Cohort III (began 2016-2017 school year)

"Corbin Independent Schools is honored to be among the Kentucky Districts of Innovation. Through this involvement, we have been able to implement a variety of personalized learning strategies and services so that all students can be successful in school."

--Superintendent David Cox, Corbin Independent Schools

"Being a District of Innovation brings a certain degree of validation to our efforts. It also provides a critical support mechanism within KDE as well as with other DOI districts."

--Superintendent Benny Lile Ed.D, Metcalfe County Schools

Cohort II (began 2014-2015 school year)

"The District of Innovation designation has helped the Owensboro Public Schools chart a course for making our already very good district even better by focusing on innovation around the instructional core. It has helped us add significant connections to postsecondary education and the business community has created a sharper vision of what college and career readiness really means for our students and our community."

--Superintendent Nicholas Brake, Owensboro Independent

"Being a member of a district of innovation allows our team to continuously strive to improve and also allows us to compare our practices with those of other districts in this group. This comparison and feedback process allows us to analyze and improve our methods and strategies. Support is available from KDE. When we want to try a new initiative that is in the best interest of our students and that we know would work in our own school-community, we know that the support and assistance of KDE will be there."

--Superintendent Tim Bobrowski Ed. D, Owsley County Schools

Steven Kissinger
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Innovation and Partner Engagement
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4201
Fax (502) 564-8149
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