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.
(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."
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
(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."
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
Tim Bobrowski Ed. D, Owsley County Schools
(began 2013-2014 school year)
"Being a District of Innovation has been life-changing
for Eminence Schools."
--Superintendent Buddy Berry, Eminence Independent
"If you would like to be able to have freedom to think
outside the box and be creative about how and when you get curriculum to your
students then you need to apply to be a District of Innovation."
--Superintendent Roger Cook, Taylor