“What I’m afraid would happen — there’s a possibility if there’s a mandate from the state to give a 2 percent raise, then there’s not enough money in our SEEK, then the only other recourse we’d have is perhaps lay off some certified staff to give the whole certified staff remaining a raise. That would be a shame if we had to operate under those conditions.” Harlan Independent school board Chairman Joe Meadors, right, on a concern voiced by numerous leaders about the ongoing state budget development. From the Harlan Daily Enterprise.
“If they’re weak in English, we have an English teacher who works with them to try to help get their scores up. The same is for students who are weak in math. I’d say 90 percent take it seriously. If they don’t, they can still get into college but they’re going to be put into remedial-type courses that they have to pay for, which won’t go toward their degrees.” McLean County High School business teacher Teresa Woodburn on a part of her school’s college preparedness efforts. From the Calhoun McLean County News.
“The scores are nice for us to reflect on for a minute, but we have much more work to do on behalf of our kids.” Berea Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Hogg on his district’s latest EXPLORE and PLAN results and the reality of the how educators can’t linger long over any set of test scores. From the Richmond Register.
“They cannot pour concrete on frozen ground. They did put some blankets on the ground, trying to get it to warm up where they can pour on it.” JKS Architects representative Bruce Nelson explaining to the Trigg County Board of Education why a project was running behind schedule. From the Cadiz Record.
“If we went on predictions alone, we’d be closed 30 to 40 days a year.” Ohio County Schools Superintendent Scott Lewis on one aspect of making the go, no go decision during this winter. From the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.
“It’s just not been a pretty winter for us.” Carroll County Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa James on the lack of good options for making up three weeks of cancelled classes due to the weather. From the Madison (Ind.) Courier.
“The number one thing that’s incorrect is for somebody to say, ‘I paid my $5 and I can say whatever I want to.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. When you break the official’s concentration where they have to focus outside the lines, that’s the first step down a road that’s not going to end very well for anybody.” Kentucky High School Athletics Association Executive Director Julian Tackett reacting to a referee’s decision to have a fan removed from a high school basketball game between Casey County and Green County high schools. From the Liberty Casey County News.