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Ramey-Estep Named Program of Distinction


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No. 17-077                                                                              June 7, 2017


MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Rodriguez

Office: (502) 564-2000, ext. 4610 | Cell: (502) 330-5063 | E-mail: nancy.rodriguez@education.ky.gov



            (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – In an effort to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve students with a variety of learning needs, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has named eleven Alternative Programs of Distinction. The programs were recognized today at the Kentucky Board of Education’s regular meeting in Frankfort.

            An alternative education program exists to meet the needs of students that cannot be addressed in a traditional classroom setting, but can be met through the assignment of students to alternative classrooms, centers or campuses that are designed to remediate academic performance, improve behavior or provide enhanced learning experiences. Alternative education programs do not include career or technical centers or departments.

            The eleven programs named as Alternative Programs of Distinction for 2017 are:

School District


Boyd County Public Schools

Ramey Estep High School

Bullitt County Public Schools

Bullitt Alternative Center

Covington Independent Public Schools

Covington Alternative Programs

Daviess County Public Schools

Heritage Park High School

Dayton Independent School District

Regional School Programs, Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES)

Fayette County Public Schools

The Learning Center

Jefferson County Public Schools

Western Day Treatment Center

Jessamine County Schools

The Providence School

McCracken County Public Schools

McCracken Regional School

Laurel County Schools

McDaniel Learning Center

Perry County Schools

Perry County Alternative School



            Each program selected as an Alternative Program of Distinction receives $2,000 from the Kentucky Department of Education and $1,000 from the Kentucky Center for School Safety for instructional support. Information on the schools also will be posted on the KDE website, so other schools can use the programs as models.

            KDE began highlighting exemplary practices in public school alternative programs in 2009. Alternative programs include school district-operated and district-housed instructional programs that provide services to students with a variety of unique needs. They also can be district-operated instructional programs that are located in nondistrict facilities or schools and serve youth who are considered state agency children through the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children (KECSAC), the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Community Based Services and/or the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. 



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