Jerry Gels was selected as the district-level Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators at the KASA Annual Leadership Institute in Louisville, Kentucky on July 26th, 2017.
Gels led the overhaul of the district’s alternative education program. Students work through alternative means to earn credits and focus on project-based learning and service learning initiatives; creating real products that build pride, self-worth and renewed engagement in school.
Gels is credited with the idea to form the Boone County Early College and Boone County Design School. He was instrumental in forming partnerships with three postsecondary institutions (Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and Gateway Community and Technical College) allowing Boone County students to attend college for a half day with the potential of earning 24 college credits hours per year.