Creative Strategies for Supporting Rural Public Schools

Dan Domenech with David Gibson and Jeff Hawkins

Rural school districts face unique challenges based on various economic and demographic changes that continue to squeeze school budgets. In this episode, we look at how one rural school system is using creative strategies to support and expand high-quality education in rural public schools.

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Episode Guests
David W. Gibson is a 22-year educator, 14 years in administration, five as superintendent and third year as superintendent of Paintsville Independent schools, which is a distinguished school system in Kentucky. Chair of Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative. Dr. Jeff Hawkins is the Executive Director at the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative serving 23 school districts in eastern Kentucky. Through his leadership, KVEC has been recognized as one of the highest performing educational service agencies in the country and has been awarded three significant USDE awards within the last five years: an Investing in Innovation Award, a Project Prevent Award and a coveted Race to the Top – District Award that led to the development of the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative.
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