“Not only does this have a long-term savings, but the amount it saves yearly will help to eliminate general fund dollars being used for bond payments. It is a huge savings for the board during these difficult economic times.” Pendleton County Schools Superintendent Anthony Strong on advantages of a construction bond refinancing that will save the district $1.3 million over the fiscal note’s life. From the Falmouth Outlook.
“We’re all in the same boat. We’ve just got to keep paddling.” Terry Loy, job superintendent for Russell Springs-based Branscum Construction, in an update to the Adair County school board on work to get a new elementary school ready for opening day. From the Columbia Adair Progress.
“You can actually get a deeper level of measurement of what a person knows with a digital or online assessment than you can with paper and pencil. If you can get to interactive, performance-based, digital activity, whether it’s games or tasks or apps, you can get to deeper knowledge. I think that’s a big deal to really make that shift. I don’t think our assessments are there yet. If we can continue to push vendors to go that route, that’s definitely where we want to go. We’re still going forward with online assessment.” Marty Park, chief digital officer for the Kentucky Department of Education, on continuing to use online testing despite this spring’s vendor shutdown that affected about 2,000 Kentucky students. From the Bethesda, Md., Education Week.
“I still wonder are we getting the value we need? That salary is unreal. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not belittling nurses whatsoever. It’s just another case of something else being turned over to the school district to be taken care of.” Marion County school board member Bernard Miles on his concerns about the cost of a contract for nursing services with the regional health department. From the Lebanon Enterprise.
“The Barbourville City Schools has traditionally encouraged students to stay in school until they graduate career-ready and prepared, or college-ready, or both. The Barbourville Independent School District supports all endeavors that will prepare our students for a career and/or college.” Barbourville Independent Schools Superintendent Larry Warren. From the Corbin Times-Tribune.
“While the money is a nice incentive to implement the plan, we did it because it was the right thing to do. Kids need an education and encouragement to stay in school. Statistics are not in favor of success for those who drop out.” Bracken County Schools Superintendent Jeff Aulick. From the Maysville Ledger-Independent.
“They have a passion. There’s not enough money to pay for passion.” Bullitt County school board member Dolores Ashby on the decision to not reduce the daily pay rate for long-term substitute teachers as part of a series of cost cutting proposals. From the Shepherdsville Pioneer-News.
“I’m aware that … the painting on the wall is in honor of a student. I understand that. I need you all’s input on how you wish to handle that, whether you want to redo it on the new wall or move it to another location.” Bruce Nelson with Hopkinsville-based JKS Architects to the Trigg County school board on the touchy decision about what to do with a student mural painted on a retaining wall slated to be moved as part of an expansion project at the district’s primary/intermediate school. From the Cadiz Record.