Eastern Kentucky schools have wowed this year in KPREP state testing. Hazard High School received a placement of eighth in the state. They are the only school in eastern Kentucky to receive a top 10 ranking.
“Last year, we were 16th in the state, this year were eighth, and the seven schools ahead of us are either form Louisville or northern Kentucky,” Principal Happy Mobelini said. “We have students with free and reduced lunch, we have the special education program, poverty issues, etc., and were still eighth in the state. Every kid here is responsible for the test scores. We have a great central office, we have wonderful teachers and staff, but the kids really try and that’s the difference.”
Hazard Independent Schools Superintendent Sandra Johnson says the key to their success is using the report cards to break down the analytics and use them to target what the students need.
“We take the time to make sure we are giving every single student the attention and help they need in every area they are struggling in, as well as excelling. The reports are broken down very meticulously and we pay attention to every detail. We want to make sure our students are succeeding and prepared. Our teaching staff is wonderful, and we hire them knowing they are reaching to fulfill each students highest academic potential,” she said.
Hazard High School held a celebration in honor of their high ranking, having a field day on the football field and joining together on the “H” to proudly chant the bulldog prayer.
According to a press release from the Perry County School Board, the Perry County School district also excelled this year and was named a proficient district, honoring schools such as Robinson Middle School as a school of distinction, and East Perry Middle School as a distinguished school. Buckhorn elementary, middle and high school made the list of biggest assessment gains in the state. Leatherwood elementary also made the list of biggest gains statewide.
Erin Joseph can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.