Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative

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teacher in classroomThe Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative (CKEC) works with the superintendents and staff of its member districts to provide opportunities for collaboration, strategic planning and professional development. CKEC delivers a wide range of customized services to our member districts, including opportunities to network with colleagues. We also work with vendors of all kinds to leverage the buying power of our member districts to ensure that they are paying the most competitive prices for products and services.

Dr. Dorothy “Dot” Perkins will soon be coaching a new team

The retiring Superintendent of Gallatin County Schools with a serious affinity for coaching has been selected to take the reins of the Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative (CKEC) this fall, upon the retirement of outgoing CEO Dr. HM Snodgrass. Dr. Perkins will take on her new role as CEO for CKEC beginning in October. “I am looking so forward to this opportunity. My mission is to serve children. This has always been my mission, and this provides an opportunity to impact more students and have greater impact with kids on a different level,” she said. CKEC is an educational service center that serves 33 school districts in and around the central part of the Commonwealth. The Co-op assists districts with bidding and purchasing procedures; training for school district teachers and central office staff; and support for special education, grant writing, and food services. “Dr. Perkins is well known as a leader throughout the state and she will serve school districts and the co-op well as we look to the future of education in Kentucky,” said CKEC past president Anthony Orr, the superintendent of Nelson County Schools. “The relationships (Perkins) has built as a leader in the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents and as an active partner with the Kentucky Department of Education through advisory groups and leading Gallatin County as a pilot district for the new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System will help her continue that record of accomplishment,” Orr said. An educator since 1981 and superintendent for 12 years, Dr. Perkins has served in a variety of roles for her district, accumulating numerous honors along the way, not the least of which are associated with her passion for athletics and coaching. She has coached tennis. She has been a cheerleading sponsor. She has coached basketball and she has served as co-athletic director. She has also been coach of the year (basketball) at least four times and has been inducted into two halls of fame – Gallatin County High School Athletic Hall of Fame, 2008; and Eighth Region Basketball Hall of Fame, 2010. She has also been a teacher of the year three times and received the F.L. Dupree Award, 2013, awarded by the KSBA to superintendents who have demonstrated a high level of accomplishment in education; school finance; student, staff and community relations; leadership; and other effective practices of school administration. The leadership job she is getting ready to take on and that of a coach or a superintendent are similar in several respects, she indicated. “It’s about relationship building; communicating effectively; goal setting; and finding the best strategy to get there.” “There is a lot of things coming at superintendents right now,” Dr. Perkins said, mentioning that a large part of her job will be to help them find resources to move their districts forward. “Every school district has something that they do very well, that they could share with the group as a whole.” By fostering that sort of collaborative culture, districts could share resources and expertise while building relationships, Dr. Perkins said. “I am a very driven person,” she said, adding, “I am definitely a believer in building internal capacity. Co-ops have been given more and more responsibilities and it is very important we share knowledge and resources.”

snowstormInclement Weather Policy

The CKEC inclement weather policy is as follows.  If Fayette County Schools are closed, CKEC training sessions are canceled.  If Fayette County Schools are open, but YOUR school district is closed, please use discretion.

If Fayette County is on a delay, please check your email for information pertaining to your training.