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Kenton Schools Honored by Kentucky School Boards Association

The Kenton County School District is the recipient of the 2013 Public Education Achieves in Kentucky (PEAK) Award from the Kentucky School Boards Association.

The district's Kenton Academies of Innovation and Technology was selected for the award for the work it has done in partnership with local business, industry and higher education leaders in providing students with a direct path to a career.

KSBA established the PEAK Award in 1997 to focus statewide attention on outstanding public school efforts aimed specifically at enhancing student learning skills and, in doing so, to promote the positive impact of public elementary and secondary education in Kentucky.

"Our criteria for the academies are those jobs that are going to be some of the largest-growing occupational groups, but also where the wage would be something that could sustain a family," said Superintendent Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey.

This is the second year for KCAIT, and enrollment has doubled this year. Students spend half of their day in their regular classes and the other half at the academy of their choice. Research projects and presentations are a large part of the academies' curriculum, particularly during the sophomore and junior years. In their senior year, students have a personalized learning plan that may feature an apprenticeship, job shadowing, projects-based learning or an internship. Dual credit is available throughout the program.

An awards presentation was held on Monday, Dec. 2 at KCAIT's Edgewood campus. The interim executive director of KSBA, David Baird, presented the award to Dr. Cox-Cruey and school board chair Karen Collins.

From Kenton County Schools