CORBIN — The Corbin Independent School District was the topic of conversation during the March 13 luncheon of the Corbin Kiwanis Club.
Superintendent David Cox was the keynote speaker for the day. Cox did his undergraduate work at Eastern Kentucky University and holds graduate degrees from Union College and Eastern Kentucky University. Before becoming superintendent, Cox served the district in many roles including teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent.
Joining Cox for the luncheon was Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Davis.
“Striving to be our best” is the Corbin Independent Schools mission statement and for many years the district has done just that, and more recently, along with their excelling students their infrastructure displays that mission.
This school year, the district opened a new middle school to house grades six through eight. The cost of that project was approximately $28 million.
The ongoing construction project at Corbin Primary is on schedule and should be finished May 1, according to Cox. That project will add 10 classrooms to house the third-grade. The next Corbin Board of Education meeting is scheduled to be held at Corbin Primary on April 11.
Construction at the old Corbin Middle School is also on schedule. This school was officially named Corbin Elementary during the last Corbin Board of Education meeting. Cox said initially the name was going to be Corbin Traditional. While the school will be named Corbin Elementary, the actual building will be recognized as Corbin Traditional with a bronze plaque out front.
Cox is collaborating with five area superintendents and discussing the possibility of collaborating on future projects. The first project Cox hopes to collaborate on is a localized career center.
“One of the things I’m pleased with is that over the past few years the local districts have begun to get along very well,” Cox said in an interview with the Times-Tribune. “The five of us have been working for about a year now to find a way (through a grant from the state) to put together a career center.”
Cox said the career center would basically be an extension of the vocational school. The center would offer education on topics such as: masonry, plumbing and HVAC. Cox said he and some of the others have met with Senator Robert Stivers to try to get the funds needed to secure a facility for the proposed idea.
“We’re still very much in the planning stages but all five of us believe the same way,” Cox noted. “It would be a really good thing for all of us to share in.”
“As a retired school principal and former board member, I was highly impressed by his plan to involve the surrounding school systems in developing a vocational type training program that will benefit students in each system,” said Kiwanis member Herman Moore. “He indicated that one of the needs in our area is plumbers and other specially trained trades. I am pleased that he is working with other school leaders to develop the vocational program in our area.”
Other district highlights include: three full-time school resource officers, 24 varsity sports, dual credit offerings from University of the Cumberlands and Eastern Kentucky University, and project-based learning curriculums in each school.