Ace all seven standards

Graves Schools shine in accreditation

The Graves County School District will be recommended for AdvancED accreditation, following the visit of the quality assurance team comprised of five educators from across Kentucky and five others from throughout the country. Dr. Charlene Gearing of Wisconsin, the team’s chair, said the district earned the designation of “operational” on all seven standards measured. Operational is the second highest designation, behind the seldom-used designation of “highly functional” and above two others: “emerging” and “not evident.” She called that consistently high accolade on all seven standards “rare” and “unusual” for a school district to attain. “We are impressed. This is a very fine district,” she said at a special, called school board meeting at the conclusion of the team’s Feb. 19-22 visit. She later added, “We’re just so amazed at what you do!” Team members pictured, from left, include Dr. Jennifer Horvath of Indiana, Angie Murdock of Murray Independent Schools, vice-chair Dr. James Kemp of Webster County Schools, Dr. Gearing, Dr. Bryan Duffie of Arkansas, Alexis Seymore of Dawson Springs Independent Schools, Cindy French of Shelby County Schools, Jerry Morgan of Indiana, Jimmy Daniels of Illinois, and Steve Ybarzabal of Paducah Independent Schools.
(Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)

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