Press Release: Breathitt Co. moves from state management to assistance


At their December 4 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education voted to accept the recommendation from Commissioner Wayne Lewis that Breathitt County Schools move from state management to state assistance.  

“On behalf of Breathitt County Schools, I would like to thank Commissioner Wayne Lewis, Dr. Kelly Foster, Mr. Mike Murphy, the Kentucky Board of Education, the Breathitt County Board of Education, our community, employees, students and families for their continued support throughout this process.  While we are proud of the progress we have made, our district is committed to a mindset of continuous improvement that is focused on students,” said Superintendent Phillip Watts. “To hear Dr. Foster commend our board of education for their focus on children and efficient use of district resources was a testament to the hard work and dedication that they have shown to improving academic outcomes for our students.”

Board chairperson Ruschelle Hamilton stated, “As a board, our mission is to put students first in all decision making and to set high expectations for student achievement.  Our partnership with KDE and our partnerships within our community support us in our progress toward accomplishing that mission.” The district’s partnership with KDE will continue throughout the state assistance process.  

As part of that commitment, the Breathitt County Board of Education will remain focused on students and has approved purchases for evidence-based resources for Reading/Writing, Mathematics and Science as well as intervention supports and resources, and they regularly review academic data that reflects student achievement throughout the year. 

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