- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Six school districts in Kentucky have received a $40,000 grant for a pilot program to help find ways to cut costs.

The Messenger-Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1ieKb0c) reports the initiative is designed to save school systems across the state millions of dollars.

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators and the American Productivity and Quality Center have partnered to “train and implement process and performance management techniques among the six districts.”

The districts that received funding from the state Department of Education include Daviess, Boone, Garrard, Lee, Martin and Nelson counties.

“We believe these Process and Performance Management techniques provide processes that will help us improve student achievement,” Daviess County Superintendent Owens Saylor said in a news release. “We are committed to taking well-informed strategic actions rather than simply implementing formulaic programs with no track record of success.”

Nine other school districts received $10,000 each to audit current leadership processes to “determine how best to improve performance in all processes,” the news release said.

The main aim is to promote a more effective and efficient use of resources, especially in administration and operation. Another goal is to put any net savings toward better classroom instruction.

The American Productivity and Quality Center says it has documented more than $120 million in savings among school districts with which it has worked in the last decade.

“This grant provides us with a training and development opportunity that otherwise we could not financially consider on our own,” Matt Robbins, Daviess County assistant superintendent for finance and operations, said in the news release. “We believe this will result in many efficiencies gained throughout DCPS and ultimately this is an investment that will reap benefits for many years.”

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, https://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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