NKU grad receives DuPree Award
NKU graduate receives Dupree Award for Outstanding Superintendent
(From an article posted on Kentucky School Boards Association website)
Dorothy “Dot” Perkins, who holds a doctorate from Northern Kentucky University, has received the 2013 F.L. Dupree Award for Outstanding Superintendent from the Kentucky School Boards Association.
A graduate of Gallatin County High School, Perkins returned to teach there and moved up the administrative ladder to assistant principal and director of district-wide services before taking the helm as superintendent in 2002.
She received the prestigious DuPree Award on Feb. 22 during the Kentucky School Boards Association’s Annual Conference in Louisville.
The Gallatin County school board nominated Perkins for the award because her achievements have improved the district’s finances, student achievement and stakeholder relations.
One of Perkins’ first initiatives as Gallatin County superintendent was implementing full-day kindergarten, which significantly increased the number of students leaving the primary grade reading at or above grade level. During her tenure, high school ACT scores have increased from 16.7 in 2008 to 18.5 in 2012.
Gallatin County Schools’ financial condition is solid, with a 6.5 percent contingency fund. Perkins successfully led the charge for a recallable nickel tax to complete construction of an elementary/middle school. Her nomination notes that she continually seeks grant opportunities. Her district recently received a three-year grant that will provide $65,000 per year for training and implementing new language arts and math standards.
Perkins is one of six superintendents invited to be part of the Doctoral Executive Ed.D Program at NKU. She currently serves as president of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents and is a member of the Local Superintendents Advisory Council that advises the state school board and education commissioner on education policy.
To read the entire article about Perkins that's posted on the KSBA website, please click here.