The Adair County School District will soon be able to take advantage of a $40 million grant divided among 22 districts in Kentucky.
The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that Adair County schools under the consortium of the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative earned one of 16 spots across the country for $400 million in ‘Race to the Top’ funds.
Race to the Top district grantees will receive four-year awards that range from $10 million to $40 million. The winning applicants were the top scorers among the 372 applications.
Adair County joined GRREC and 21 other school districts in the state in the competitive grant.
Superintendent Alan Reed said the application process alone consisted of a lot of work from many in the school district, especially the teachers.
Reed said in order qualify for the application there had to be an agreement within the district to put forth efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math education along with an emphasis on individualized education.
“A lot of districts walked away because of the work involved,” Reed said. “The real thanks go to the teachers who are willing to put forth the extra effort. This will drive all kinds of changes in the district. But we don’t have a real detailed glimpse of what that will be just yet.”
GRREC was awarded $40 million of the $400 million grant. Other schools included in GRREC are Campbellsville Independent, Carroll County, Caverna Independent, Cloverport Independent, Daviess County, Green County, Hart County, Henry County, Logan County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Owen County, Owensboro Independent, Russell County, Shelby County, Simpson County, Spencer County, Taylor County, Trimble County, Union County and West Point Independent.