Since 2013, KASA AND The Center for Education Leadership, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, have provided grant opportunities to Kentucky school districts.
The grants were designed and aimed at helping school districts gain an understanding of Process Improvement and Performance Excellence (PIPE) and how to embed it into school and district operations for cost savings, greater efficiency of resources, and reallocation of funds back to classrooms.
By participating in PIPE, school districts respond to these questions—Is our organization doing as well as it could? How do we know? What and how should our district improve or change?
Once a district has participated in PIPE, it becomes a part of the Kentucky Education North Star Community.
PIPE moves us from reacting to problems to the highest levels of district-wide improvement, refinement and innovation.
A partnership of KASA and the Kentucky Department of Education, the goal of the work is simple - find greater efficiencies and cost savings for reallocation to classrooms to ensure we provide the best education to Kentucky's children. The results have been astounding.
In three short years, 50+ districts have enhanced their operations, found 2.6 million dollars in recurring savings, reduced their risk liability, and have developed and are implementing strategic plans for the first time.
Five school districts embedded PIPE through comprehensive improvement effort grants.
The districts, their projects and savings are listed:
Fleming County - $276K savings around recruitment/retention and staff attendance
Greenup County - $62K savings found in student attendance, staff engagement and improved processes
Henderson County - $695K savings around digital position control, food purchasing and staff attendance
Lawrence County - $144K savings around employee onboarding, energy efficiency and transportation
Districts who received grants this year:
|Boone County Schools
||Bourbon County Schools
||Bowling Green Ind. Schools
|Boyd County Schools
||Breathitt County Schools
||Breckinridge County Schools
Bullitt County Schools
Burgin Ind. Schools
Carroll County Schools
Caverna Ind. Schools
Christian County Schools
Crittenden County Schools
Danville Ind. Schools
Daviess County Schools
Dawson Springs Ind. Schools
|Elizabethtown Ind. Schools
||Estill County Schools
||Fairview Ind. Schools
|Fleming County Schools
||Frankfort Ind. Schools
||Franklin County Schools
|Gallatin County Schools
||Garrard County Schools
||Greenup County Schools
|Henderson County Schools
||Henry County Schools
||Johnson County Schools
|Knox County Schools
||Lawrence County Schools
||Lee County Schools
|Lewis County Schools
||Lincoln County Schools
||Magoffin County Schools
|Martin County Schools
||Mercer County Schools
||Metcalfe County Schools
|Middlesboro Ind. Schools
||Morgan County Schools
||Muhlenberg County Schools
|Nelson County SChools
||Newport Ind. Schools
||Owsley County Schools
|Owensboro Ind. Schools
||Paducah Ind. Schools
||Paris Ind. Schools
|Pendleton County Schools
||Perry County Schools
||Pike County Schools
|Pineville Ind. Schools
||Raceland-Worthington Ind. Schools
||Shelby County Schools
|Taylor County Schools
||Trigg County Schools
||Trimble County Schools
|Union County Schools
||Washington County Schools
Those districts received one of the grants below:
District Prioritization Analysis (DPA)
If you’re unsure where to best deploy PIPE work within your system, a District Prioritization Analysis will provide answers to these questions and more. In addition, this analysis will help determine your district’s greatest needs for alignment of your work for the best possible return on investment (ROI).
Comprehensive Improvement Effort (CIE2)
- requires a six month commitment and provides in-depth training for
embedding PIPE throughout a school district. Your school district will benefit from in-depth training for embedding PIPE in your school district through hands-on project work through action teams. Your team will identify four to five areas that may benefit from this tier level work. School districts participating in this level work often experience significant and recurring savings.
Collaborative Improvement Effort (CIE3)
- Similar to the Tier 2 grant, you will join other school district teams
(maximum 5 teams) to work and collaborate on a common issue (e.g., strategic
planning, transportation, human resources, or facilities use). Each district
will engage four to five staff members to participate on its team. District teams will meet at The Center for Education Leadership’s training center, located at 87 C. Michael Davenport Blvd. in Frankfort for on-site work.
Strategic Plan Implementation Effort (RIE)
-Tier 4 grant recipients will have completed a Tier 2 collaborative strategic plan in 2015-16. These grant recipients will have a board-approved strategic plan and are ready to fully implement. Continue your PIPE journey to learn and implement an organizational scorecard process to operationalize your strategic plan, while aligning and integrating those elements and that work with your Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP) goals. Your school district will receive expert facilitation and support for taking your existing strategic plan and developing an annual, measurable District Scorecard that includes SMART Goals aligned to the strategic plan, progress monitoring measures toward each goal; and strategic action the district will take to achieve the annual and strategic plan goals.
Collaborative Strategic Plan Implementation Effort (SPIE) -You will join other school district teams (maximum 5 teams) to learn, work, and collaborate to develop your District Scorecard. Each district will engage two to five staff members (must include the superintendent) to participate on its team. District teams will meet at the offices of KASA/CEL’s training center, located at 87 C. Michael Davenport Blvd. in Frankfort for onsite work.
Rapid Improvement Effort (RIE) -Tier 6 grant recipients will have previously participated in Tier 1 or 2 work. In this Process Improvement and Performance Excellence RIE, your leadership team will identify a single area of concern that will benefit from a redesign resulting in rapid improvement.