Grayson County Schools win part of $5 million national grant
Press Release Reporting
Education research repeatedly shows leadership of school principals is crucial to the success of schools. The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) today was awarded a $5 million grant from the US Department of Education (USED)’s School Leadership Program to develop and grow that leadership in Allen, Barren, Grayson, and Todd County schools. GRREC is the only organization in Kentucky to receive the award from this national program.
GRREC Executive Director George Wilson said, “Having served as a superintendent for many years, I learned that without question it takes a successful principal to have a successful school. I am proud that GRREC was able to secure additional resources for schools in Allen, Barren, Grayson, and Todd to recruit, train, and mentor the leaders needed for their students to excel. ”
GRREC’s Leadership Division will use the grant funds to support approximately 20 current principals and assistant principals in the four school districts and partner with Western Kentucky University (WKU) to help aspiring principals from these schools earn principal certification.
Current school leaders will be a part of school culture assessments, data retreats, and instructional coaching with teachers. They also will receive mentoring support through the five years.
In addition to receiving significant tuition support from the grant funds, aspiring principals also will be linked with mentors who will help them work through field-based performance experiences. In all, up to 60 new principals will be certified.
More than 800 teachers and 14,000 students in these schools stand to benefit from stronger instructional leaders.
Grayson County Superintendent Barry Anderson said, “Leadership matters. Next to effective classroom instruction, it is the most important ingredient in student achievement. As our district begins to implement Kentucky’s new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System to improve educators’ performance, this grant will be invaluable to our work to raise the bar on achievement.”
The US Department of Education’s (USED’s) Leadership Development grants support the development, enhancement, or expansion of innovative programs to recruit, train, and mentor principals (including assistant principals) for high-need school districts. Each of the rural participating in GRREC’s leadership program is considered a district of high poverty, with more than 20% of all children living in households of poverty.
The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) is a member-driven service agency working for and with 37 districts and their 150,000 students, teachers and administrators. Chief among its services is the design and implementation of needs-based solutions, including consortium projects that address the shared challenges of small, rural districts.