Eminence School District 'on fire' as it gives students laptops, puts wifi on bus

09/17/2012 05:39 PM

EMINENCE — A district of 600 students 45 minutes northeast of Louisville is blazing into the 21st century with its approach to education. In fact, it’s on fire.

The district gives laptops to its students. It revamped the school week. It buses some students 45 minutes each way to Bellarmine University to take college courses. And to help those students make the most of their bus time, the district installed wifi.

The story of Eminence Independent School District is one of lighting a new path. Superintendent Buddy Berry created the Framework for Innovation in Reinventing Education, or F.I.R.E.

Here’s how it all began:

And watch part two to see how advanced students in Eminence take their education on the road every Tuesday and Thursday to college — all while being online.

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  • Logan wrote on September 18, 2012 09:49 AM :

    The Bluegrass Institute released research this week that highlights Eminence’s efforts as well.

    The study ranks the efficiency of Kentucky’s school districts and identifies ‘diamond in the rough’ districts.

    You can read the report here:

  • Louise Land Bloss wrote on September 19, 2012 04:02 PM :

    I am a 1942 graduate of Eminence High School and a 1945 graduate of Uni. of Kentucky. I very much enjoyed reading the article about the Eminence school being ‘on fire’. Keep up the good work!

    Louise Land Bloss

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