Carrollton, Ky. - January 19, 2021 - Every January, communities across Kentucky recognize school board members for their service during School Board Recognition Month. For the Carroll County Board of Education, though, this January is more special than usual. The success of the Double C Farm at Camp KYSOC led to the district winning the Fall 2020 PEAK Award from the Kentucky School Boards Association.
While Gwen Chapman, Corey Groseclose, Carolyn Jones, D’anne Smith and Rob Spenneberg are among the more than 850 school board members in the state’s 171 local school districts being recognized this month for their service, the PEAK Award distinguishes them for excellent leadership.
KSBA’s Public Education Achieves in Kentucky (PEAK) Award, given twice yearly, was established in 1997 to focus statewide attention on outstanding public school efforts that enhance student learning and promote the positive impact of public elementary and secondary education in Kentucky.
Since focusing on agriculture, the district has seen an increase in student interest and participation in its Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program. In 2014, there were just 20 students in the program, logging 644 hours of work. In 2019, the program had grown to 116 students and 8,362 hours.
“I am so proud of the teachers and students who run the Double C Farm,” said Superintendent Danny Osborne. “This program would not exist without the support of the board members as well as our city and county officials. School Board Recognition Month is a perfect time for our school district and our community to be recognized at the state level.”
According to KSBA,Carroll County’s award marks the 52nd award and the first solo selection for Carroll County Schools. The district was recognized previously as part of a multi-district entry for iLEAD Academy.
“This project provided very clear objectives that can be easily monitored. It is clearly focused on skills needed in the area and operates in partnership with the community,” wrote award judge Debbie Wesslund, KSBA’s training cadre coordinator.
“What a unique and resourceful way to give students the experience and learn the importance of agriculture education,” wrote judge Christine Thompson, a member of KSBA’s Board of Directors. “The Farm program is an example of helping students understand the relevance of the material they learn in classes and the importance of understanding the value of agriculture in our society.”
KSBA representatives visited the Double C Farm on January 12 to take a tour and to present students, staff, and community leaders with the PEAK Award.
“I hope everyone takes a moment to thank our board members for their service,” Osborne said. “This is a great honor for all of us who call Carroll County our home.”
For more information on the Double C Farm as well as to see a video of the PEAK Award ceremony and tour, visit carroll.kyschools.us