PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The new Pike County Schools administration announced a new era for the district at the December meeting of the Pike County Board of Education on Thursday.
Pike County Schools Superintendent Reed Adkins and Director of Instruction Sherri Heise unveiled the new emblem, mission statement and vision at the meeting.
“We have been working on our mission since last Spring and into this year,” said Adkins. “Our mission was developed by our community, our staff, the central office staff and our administrators.”
Mission and vision
“The mission was developed by community members, classified staff, board members and students,” Heise said. “Over 200 members were present during the sessions which consisted of five stakeholder forums in each of the five geographical areas of Pike County.”
That team went through a process where they identified four cornerstones. Defined what the mission should be. The students created the four cornerstones of the mission statement.
“We looked at the trends across all five regions and only selected what was present in all five regions,
Heise said. “At the second session, the students conducted and facilitated the ending of the session when the decision was made. The students determined what was important to them through this process.”
The new mission statement of the Pike County School District is to provide quality instruction in applied student and safe learning environment that fosters holistic learning for all students, promotes clear communication among all stakeholders and ensures equitable use of resources.
“We also had a significant turnout of community membership with this,” Heise said. “People who are not parents, but supporters of Pike County Schools.”
Community support was well received as that also translates to part of the new vision adopted by the Board.
“The former mission of Pike County was ‘Focus on the Students,” Superintendent Adkins said. “It was a great vision, and I think we did a great job under Mr. Lester’s tenure. We moved into the proficiency level, and we’re proud of that. But over the last few months, we’ve been discussing a new vision for the new administration that focuses on three important factors: students, staff and community.”
The new emblem, which was also adopted on Thursday night, features a triangle to reference this relationship.
“We felt like a triangle would be an appropriate representation of this,” Adkins said. “The students are at the top of the triangle, the most important thing, but in order for the students to do a great job, you need a really strong base. In our triangle, the base is created by the staff and community.”
The emblem includes colors from every school in Pike County.
“It was a difficult task with 19 schools, but we did it,” Adkins said. “We wanted everybody to feel included.”
The new vision uses the acronym PIKE to convey the Board’s vision:
Preparing Incredible Kids Everyday. Excellence Happens Here.
“We want to be excellent,” Adkins said. “We’ve said it over and over, good is the enemy of great. We want to be great.”
According to Heise, the new mission statement had a 96 percent approval rate before its adoption on Thursday.