Lisa Gross

Kentucky Department of Education Communications Division Director Lisa Gross retired in December. Earlier in 2012, she earned the Kevin M. Noland Award for significant service to the commonwealth’s public schools.

Gross has been responsible for KDE’s public information and media relations. For many education reporters Gross has been the “go to” person at the state level.

Kentucky will share a $24 million grant with more than 20 states to improve training for teachers working with children with disabilities. Kentucky will receive more than $1.1 million in the grant’s first year to train teachers to better prepare students with special needs to graduate and pursue either a career or further education. State Department of Education Spokesperson Lisa Gross says there is still a lot of work to do to close the achievement gap between special needs students and those without disabilities. She says,

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has contracted with a private company to implement a kindergarten screener program, but the state still needs to approve the regulatory to require all public schools to screen incoming students.

BMI Added to School Health Screenings

Feb 10, 2012

Kentucky education officials are adding a requirement to school health screenings to combat growing childhood obesity problems. The Board of Education recently approved a proposal requiring schools to record a child's body mass index, the relation of body fat to height and weight. Pediatricians say early intervention can prevent life-threatening adult conditions like Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. The proposal also eliminates a decades-long practice of checking middle-school students for signs of the spine condition scoliosis.