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HCS to Join Transformative Community Schools Initiative

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has announced Hopkins County Schools will join the Prichard Committee’s transformative Kentucky Community Schools Initiative.

"This is a pivotal moment for education in Kentucky. Our expansion to include new districts in the Kentucky Community Schools Initiative underscores our commitment to improving student futures through community-driven solutions,” said Brigitte Blom, President/CEO of the Prichard Committee. "Each selected district shows promise and shares our vision. We are eager to see the positive change that unfolds in these communities."

The Prichard Committee was awarded a $47 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education last year, and it will channel $30 million of the grant directly into the Kentucky education system through the implementation of full-service community schools, known as the Kentucky Community School Initiative.

Hopkins County Schools has been awarded $1.5 million over five years.

"Joining the Kentucky Community Schools Initiative marks not just a new chapter for our district, but a renewed commitment to every student's future. Together, we're paving the way for holistic education, ensuring that every child, regardless of their background, has the tools, support, and environment they need to thrive,” said Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Amy Smith.

The grant application was written by Randall Campbell, coordinator of the Madisonville North Hopkins M-Brace Youth Services Center, and Zach Evans, coordinator of the Browning Springs MIddle School YSC. The grant will provide funds for the expansion of programs at MNHHS and BSMS as well as fund the creation of a Community Director position. This person will work closely with the FRYSCs and the community to provide resources and support services for students and families. Another goal will be to expand partnerships within our community.

The Kentucky Community Schools Initiative champions community-led educational solutions tailored specifically for Kentucky students and their families. When implemented effectively, the community schools 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.

Hopkins County will join 20 other districts across the state in implementing the full-service community schools model. With the joint efforts of these districts and the resources provided through the grant, the Prichard Committee is supporting a community-centered approach to education, tailored to the unique needs of each district.