Clark County Public Schools receives significant grant for community engagement

Published 8:39 am Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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Nearly $1.5 million will be funneled to Clark County Public Schools over five years as part of a grant awarded by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

The announcement came on Thursday that Clark County will be one of the 20 participating districts of the Kentucky Community Schools Initiative.

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“This marks not only a huge honor for being recognized as a school system of excellence, but also a renewed commitment to every student’s individual future,” said Superintendent Dustin Howard.

Howard said the money will boost the district’s Family Resource Center programs for community outreach and family engagement.

Prichard’s Kentucky Community Schools Initiative model has been proven to boost student outcomes, increase college enrollments, and contribute to the overall well-being of students, especially in high-poverty schools.

“Each selected district shows promise and shares our vision,” said Prichard president/CEO Brigitte Blom. “We are eager to see the positive change that unfolds in these communities.” The funds are part of a $47 million grant awarded to the Prichard Committee last year by the U.S. Department of Education.

“By working together with our families and community,” said Howard, “we’re paving the way for world class education, ensuring that every child, regardless of their background, barriers, or perceived limitations has the tools, support, and environment they need to thrive.”