Superintendent Dr. Doug Bennett and the Laurel County Board of Education is pleased to announce that the McDaniel Learning Center (MLC) has been designated as an Alternative Program of Distinction. A Kentucky Department of Education Review Team visited the site and determined the designation.
In announcing the award, Commissioner of Education, Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt said, “We had many strong programs apply this year and were pleased to see the continuous improvement of alternative programs across the Commonwealth. It is my pleasure to inform you that McDaniel Learning Center has been designated as an Alternative Program of Distinction. After an extensive on-site visit by our review team, the Center was deemed to be an exemplary program.”
The McDaniel Learning Center was established in 2008 providing students a non-traditional educational opportunity to earn their high school diploma. McDaniel Learning Center Principal Jeremy Kidd credits his staff, students and the Laurel County Board Education for the recognition, “I cannot say enough about the time, energy and effort our students and staff have put in this year and for that I am proud of each and every one. I am very grateful to lead a program that is outstanding as McDaniel. It is a great honor just to be nominated for Alternative Program of Distinction and to be recognized by KDE three years in a row is truly amazing. We not only expect success, but we strive for greatness and opportunity in every aspect. I would like to thank the BOE and all the other Laurel County staff members for their support and all that they do for our students. It is a collaborative effort and we are thankful to have them supporting us so that we can serve the students of Laurel County in an efficient and effective manner. It is truly an honor to work alongside some the finest educators in our great commonwealth.”
As part of this recognition McDaniel Learning Center will receive a monetary award to help fund instructional resources and will be formally recognized at the Kentucky Board of Education meeting scheduled for June 7. Commissioner Dr. Pruitt added, “It is our hope that your program will serve as a model for other alternative programs in the state wanting to reach the high standards the McDaniel Learning Center has already achieved.”