At a special ceremony held on October 8, 2012 at the Capital Tower Plaza in Frankfort, Kentucky, the Rowan County School District and six other school districts were recognized for achieving full system accreditation through the AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation process.
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Terry Holliday, Kentucky Board of Education Chairman David Karem, Randy McCallon, chairman of the Kentucky AdvancED/SACS State Council, and Tom Jones, AdvancED Kentucky director, were on hand to present plaques and banners to the districts superintendents and board members.
Along with Superintendent Marvin Moore and Assistant Superintendent John Maxey, several representatives from the Rowan County School District attended the special ceremony. They were Rowan County School Board Chairman Larry Coldiron, School Board Vice-Chairman Bill Redwine, School Board Member Brian Wallace, Nadine Griffith and Larry Tapp, who co-chaired Rowan County Schools’ accreditation preparations, Lucy Moore, Rowan County Schools Instructional Supervisor, McBrayer Elementary Principal Rhonda Banks, Clearfield Elementary Principal Tami Buttry, and Jay Padula, Principal at Rowan County Middle School.
District Accreditation by AdvancEd/SACS is a voluntary process that examines how all the processes and functions of the district work together to the benefit of student learning. The process for accreditation takes place every five years. The Rowan County School District was recognized for achieving continuing accreditation, having been first received full accreditation in 2007 and again in 2012.
The seven school districts that were recognized at the October 8th ceremony were Rowan County Schools, Boone County Schools, Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Graves County Schools, Marshall County Schools, McCracken County Schools, and Williamstown Independent Schools. When the Rowan County School District first received accreditation in 2007, it was one of only seven districts throughout the Commonwealth to earn system accreditation. Today, the district joins 29 other school systems across the states that have received system accreditation from AdvancED/SACS.
Superintendent Marvin Moore stated, “The District Accreditation process allowed us to make an in-depth self-assessment and helped everyone in the district to look at the big picture instead of looking at just the individual pieces of the district.”
Moore then added, “The partnerships that have our district has developed throughout the Rowan County community were recognized as an asset and gave proof that our vision statement – ‘Together We Can’ – is more than a statement; it is an action. We are working together to do what’s best for the students of Rowan County Schools.”