HAZARD — KPREP results for the 2015-2016 school year have been released. Rankings are given at levels of distinguished and proficient as the top two scores. Schools below a proficient ranking are labeled as being in need of improvement. Both the Perry County and Hazard Independent districts ranked well overall in the scoring.
The Perry County School District ranked proficient for the second year in a row. These are the schools in Perry County that gained the highest possible rank, which is distinguished: A.B. Combs Elementary, Buckhorn High School, East Perry Elementary, East Perry Middle School, Leatherwood Middle School, R.W. Combs Middle School, Robinson Middle School, Viper Middle School and Willard Middle School.
These schools ranked at proficient, which is the next to highest ranking: A.B. Combs Middle School, Perry County Central High School and Viper Elementary.
A.B. Combs Principal James Fugate pledged earlier this school year to shave his head if A.B. Combs Elementary scored distinguished. At an assembly in front of the students Thursday, the clippers began buzzing and Mr. Fugate is now bald.
The Hazard Independent School District gained the highest rank of distinguished for the 2nd year in a row, finishing 57th overall among school districts in Kentucky. Hazard High School achieved distinguished status and earned a spot at number 20 in the state. Hazard Middle School finished with a proficient ranking.
To place these rankings into perspective, Kentucky has 173 school districts, with a total of 1,233 public schools. Hazard High School has placed in the top 20 for the state the past two years. The school finished 8th in Kentucky for 2014-2015.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.