KORE ACADEMY INC
4300 Nicholasville Road
LEXINGTON KY 40515
Contact Information
Nonprofit KORE ACADEMY INC
Address 4300 Nicholasville Road
LEXINGTON , KY 40515
Phone (859) 971 7129
Fax 859 971-7129
Contact Name Vicki Henderson
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2005
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer KORE Academy accepts donations online, via the mail and in-kind donations. We need volunteers and sponsors for our annual Fall Festival and Walk-A-Thon. 
Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement  KORE Academy exists to help students who face challenges in the traditional classroom due to various learning differences, including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, ADHD, processing disorders and high functioning autism spectrum disorders.
Background Statement

 KORE was started in 2003 by a group of parents seeking an alternative educational setting and experience for their students with learning differences. Carol Douglas, our current director, was one of the first teachers for this group of 8 students from 4th – 11th grade. As more families heard about KORE Academy, the school slowly grew in numbers and in August of 2004, KORE Academy was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation. Since its’ inception, KORE has had a home in the basement of Porter Memorial Baptist Church, occupying 10 classrooms which are shared with other church activities and Sunday school groups. Porter generously shares their other facilities with our school, including the Fellowship Hall, Youth Room, sanctuary, gymnasium, parking lot, and recreation areas.

A small, independent school designed to offer individual and specialized instruction to students with various learning disabilities and/or learning differences in grades 1-12, KORE currently serves 37 students. We have 10 students in our intermediate class (grades 3-5), 14 students in our middle school class (grades 6-8), and 13 students in the high school class. We have 15 girls and 22 boys. Our current students come from Fayette, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford Counties though student often come to us from all over Central Kentucky. KORE Academy’s staff includes our director, Carol Douglas, who also teaches math and life skills, and 10 full and part time teachers: 1 male and 9 female. Our teachers have bachelor’s degrees in either special education, education or in their subject area. 5 of our teachers possess master’s degrees. Our director has a degree in learning disabilities and a master’s in counseling. Our reading specialist has a Certification in Reading from the University of North Carolina and a Rank I – Reading certification through the state of Kentucky and Certification through the National Institute of Learning Disabilities. KORE Academy has a support staff of four volunteers who handle reception, office management and administrative duties. During the school day many of our students receive occupational therapy and/or speech therapy. Services by professionals in these areas are provided either privately or by the Fayette County Public Schools.



 

Impact Statement

The most significant achievement that KORE Academy has experienced is the achievement of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This achievement, beginning with the 2013-1014 school year, has provided the framework for continuous improvement in all areas of our school and will continue to move KORE forward as we collectively analyze practices and results and make meaningful improvements.  


Another accomplishment in the past year has been our modest enrollment growth. KORE has grown from an enrollment of 22 in 2010-2011 to 23 in 2011-2012 to 31 in 2012-2013, and 35 in 2013-2014. This school year, 2014-2015, we have 37 students.
 
The stability of our staff is another accomplishment. The majority of our current 11 member staff has been with us for three or more years. KORE's director has been with the school since it's inception in 2003. Our office has been staffed by the same volunteers for four years. 
 
This past year, as a precursor to establishing a systematic school curriculum, KORE created curriculum maps and a scope and sequence of standards for every subject and grade level. These maps offer a sequence for delivering content and provide a clear scope for what must be taught to our students, based on Kentucky's core curriculum.
 
For the current year, one of KORE Academy's goals was to implement a model 1:1 iPad program in our blended intermediate class of 3rd-5th graders (10 students).  This goal has been realized. The focus of the iPad program at KORE Academy is to provide tools and resources to empower students in the Intermediate classrooms to maximize their education as it transforms their teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning. The academic benefits of the iPads are many and include more access to an individualized curriculum, higher student engagement, opportunities for students to collaborate, and the provision of a technology-infused learning environment that matches the real world.
 
Another goal for the current year is to continue to provide teachers with robust  professional development, particularly focusing on evaluating, interpreting and using data to drive instruction. To that end, KORE has adopted a policy requiring 30 hours of professional development per year in areas that support our continuous improvement plan as well as individual teacher's personal professional development goals. Training has been provided to those teachers involved in the intermediate iPad program and training has been provided on the evaluating, interpreting and using data to drive instruction.
 
Another goal for the current year is to improve our development function to maximize and increase community awareness and fund development. To that end, our development committee prepared a proposal to hire a development officer on a part time basis. The search for this individual is underway and the goal is to have this person in place by June. 
 
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Central Kentucky
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Rizwan Ali
Company Affiliation Comprehensive Behavior, Inc.
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Rizwan Ali Comprehensive Behavior, Inc.Voting
Mrs. Becky C. Brass Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Michael Carter Lynn ImagingVoting
Mrs. Vicki M. Henderson Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Beverly P. Henderson KORE AcademyExofficio
Ms. Debbie Masters Oldcastle PrecastVoting
Mr. Jeffery McIntosh Energy InsuranceVoting
Mrs. Bonnie Watkins Alpha & Omega ConsultingVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Beverly P. Henderson
Term Start Aug 2016
Email beverly.henderson@koreacademy.org
Experience  

Beverly P. Henderson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education, and a master’s degree in Elementary Education, including a Fifth Year Program in Special Education, from Eastern Kentucky University. She holds a Rank I in Special Education Administration from the University of Kentucky and is certified in K-8 Elementary Education; K-12 TMH Special Education; K-12 LBD Special Education; Gifted and Talented; and Director of Special Education.

 

Mrs. Henderson brings 33 years of experience in teaching and administration, serving in a variety of administrative roles including Director of Special Education and 504 programs for Franklin County Schools (KY), Special Education Administrator to High Schools, Fayette County Public Schools (KY), and in Nelson County as Director of Special Education, 504 Services and Preschool Programs. She is recently retired from Fayette County Public Schools where she last served as the Behavior Specialist at P.L. Dunbar High School. Noting that she “flunked retirement”, Mrs. Henderson has been working this year (2015-2016) as a Special Education Consultant in FCPS as well as the coordinator of P.L. Dunbar High School’s Night School program.

 

 
Staff
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 4
Contractors 11
Retention Rate 90%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description The KORE Academy reading specialist works with students with language-based learning issues in one-on-one sessions and in groups using a modified version of a program developed by the National Institute for Learning Disabilities (NILD): Rx for Discovery Reading. The focus of this program is on areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency that impact the student’s reading deficits. The program includes use of The Blue Book Method, based on the Orton-Gillingham method.
Budget 15000
Category
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success Short term, the expectation is that students will improve between 6 months and one year in reading comprehension and fluency. With some students, that level of improvement will bring them to grade level reading while with others, it brings them closer to the goal of reading at grade level.
Program Long term Success For students in the reading intervention program, the ultimate goal is that they achieve grade level in reading comprehension and fluency.
Program Success Monitored By KORE Academy uses AimsWeb, a benchmarking and progress monitoring tool to assess the students in the reading intervention program. The reading specialist tests the students monthly and is able to adjust her teaching methods and delivery as needed based on the results. Benchmark testing is done three times per year and allows for an overall view of the student's progress.
Description

Bal-A-Vis-X
Balance/Auditory/Vision/eXercises

Using sand-filled bags and racquetballs, these exercises address visual tracking deficiency, auditory issues, impulsivity, balance and anxiety issues. In partner and group settings, KORE students spend 10-15 minutes each day with these exercises which involve multiple midline crossings, rhythm, balance and pace. Benefits include improved cognition, focus, listening & communication skills and visual fitness.

Budget 3500
Category
Population Served , ,
Description  Students at KORE Academy participate in an annual theater workshop conducted in partnership with the Lexington Children's Theater. The school is split into two groups and each group spends two weeks working with LCT professionals on a play, culminating in a performance for friends and family. Benefits of this remarkable experience include increased confidence that translates to the classroom, improvements in verbal expression, fluency, vocabulary as well as increased focus and memory.
Budget 2500
Category
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2014
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $397,889.00
Projected Expenses $391,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified--$0$0
Individual Contributions$112,615$79,754$44,881
--$0$0
$260,916$229,829$242,867
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$0$0
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$11,060$7,429$11,055
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Other--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$379,663$318,159$277,097
Administration Expense--$0$0
Fundraising Expense--$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.001.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$139,160$134,489$140,595
Current Assets$135,140$127,790$140,595
Long-Term Liabilities--$257$5,216
Current Liabilities--$0$0
Total Net Assets$139,160$134,232$135,379
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 4300 Nicholasville Road
LEXINGTON , KY 40515
Primary Phone 859 971 7129
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Beverly P. Henderson
Board Chair Dr. Rizwan Ali
Board Chair Company Affiliation Comprehensive Behavior, Inc.