Award Year: 2017

Graves County Central Elementary School

2262 State Route 121 North
Mayfield, KY, 42066-6760

(270) 328-4900

Ms. Stephanie Sullivan, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs Tiffany Crum Williams, Current Principal

Title I School

Graves County School District

School Website


The district's mission statement: Striving for Excellence; No Exemptions, No excuses. Additionally, the school adopted the following mission statement: We will provide students with a rigorous, comprehensive core curriculum with extended opportunities for students to engage in the arts and enriching activities. We will develop positive relationships with the students, families, and community to help students reach their highest potential. We will teach life skills and character education and instill high expectations to prepare students to be college and career ready and contributing member of the community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 83%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 61%
A full rainbow of promise captured encompassing Central Elementary

A full rainbow of promise captured encompassing Central Elementary

Graves County Central Elementary School is located in the heart of rural, far western Kentucky and serves a diverse population of approximately 500 students enrolled in preschool through grade 6. Our goal is to instill the belief that "All students can learn and rise to our expectation". Beyond the academic life of a child, Central instills high expectations for student behavior and the standards to live by as a knight. The school's Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program promotes students' social development. Special family events occur throughout the year to invite families to become part of the school community.

Beyond the designated professional development day, workdays, and resources provided through the co-op, teachers have various opportunities for embedded professional learning during weekly PLCs. Without a doubt, one of the greatest reasons for the success of Central Elementary is its people and their collaboration to make the school and its students successful. We have an amazing staff who believe in high expectations for themselves and their students, and students who genuinely take pride in being Central Knights. Using data to monitor each child's growth and to make informed instructional decisions has become indispensable in guiding our scheduling and staffing decisions. When we identify an area of weakness, we realign resources immediately to target specific areas of concern. Central emphasizes a culture of collaboration, data analysis, high expectations, and flexibility which pave a path of progress where students achieve high levels of learning.