1113 People are Talking

1113 People are Talking

People are Talking

People are Talking "Continue to learn every day and prepare yourself for what’s next. When you get that diploma, you don’t immediately have to know what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. You might have ten jobs and twenty titles. But it’s important to continue to study for what’s next. Don’t just say, ‘This is it.’ You don’t have to decide your career right now. Let it evolve instead of throwing yourself into a career where you’re not happy. It’s important that you wake up happy to go to work every day, that you’re happy to be at work and enjoy what you do.” Former Gov. Martha Layne Collins speaking to students at the Shelby County high school named for her.  From the Shelbyville Sentinel-News

“SEEK funding has not progressed since 2008. It makes it very difficult to give a raise when 80 percent of the expenses are for personnel, and we are not getting the extra funds to pass along, even the cost-of-living raise. Not being able to do that is difficult. That is some of the frustration I see from other superintendents. The state is not living up to their end of the deal. It is very apparent.” Hancock County Schools Superintendent Kyle Estes on the impact of reduced state financial support since 2008 along with additional – and unfunded - mandates.  From the Hawesville Hancock Clarion.

“We’re probably going to need about $140 million – a very doable number. Our legislators can’t say there’s no new money. The lieutenant governor’s tax reform commission talked about a sales tax on services and on utilities. There’s a lot of support for putting the option of expanded gaming on the ballot with a potential of a half-billion dollars in revenues. I’m working with all of the education groups across Kentucky on a very simple, clear message: Restore education funding to prerecession levels of 2008-09. There won’t be any other issues we’ll be talking about.” Education Commissioner Terry Holliday on what he calls the No. 1 focus of the Kentucky Board of Education for the 2014 legislative session - funding. From the Lexington WKYT-TV News.

“Whereas, the Kentucky legislature has broken their pledge to Kentucky’s students, failing to fund the mandates of Unbridled Learning, thereby putting at risk its goals and jeopardizing the future of our students; and whereas, the failure of the legislature has caused the Rowan County School District and districts across the Commonwealth to make significant cuts to their budgets and to personnel, compelling School Boards to increase property taxes in order that districts might continue to operate and serve the students, who are the future of the Commonwealth; Now, therefore, we, the members of the Rowan County Board of Education, do challenge the members of the Kentucky State House of Representatives and the Kentucky State Senate to take action, putting the students of the Commonwealth of Kentucky first, reinvesting in their future and fully funding the mandates of Unbridled Learning to ensure that Kentucky’s public education system can offer students the path to college and career readiness.” Portion of a resolution adopted by the Rowan County Board of Education and sent to state leaders on problems related to state funding cuts for K-12 programs. Similar resolutions have since been adopted by other school boards. From the Morehead News.

“We have a staff that loves to come to work. When you love coming to work, good things are going to happen. You can’t fool kids. They know a fraud. You have to make that connection and that relationship to get them to work for you. It has to be every day and it has to be consistent.” Star Elementary (Carter County) Principal Charles Baker on one factor he credited in his school’s selection as a National Blue Ribbon school. Kentucky’s other 2013 honorees are Auburn Elementary (Logan County) Beechwood High School and Mann Elementary (Boone County). From the Ashland Daily Independent.

“The question that’s been asked of me is, ‘If we do a nickel tax, what will that generate?’ and $5.3 million is what it generates. However, the community has to want this and it has to be a desire of the community. It has nothing to do with what we want. Obviously we want that. This is bigger than the Washington County Board of Education. This has to be Washington County the community.” Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran during a board meeting discussion of space needs at various schools and addressing them through a nickel property tax increase. From the Springfield Sun.

“It is like being-in-the-desert hot in here.” U.S. Army Specialist Justin May, Bracken County High School Class of 2011, speaking from inside the school’s polar bear mascot costume at a football game against Dayton High’s team, just before surprising family and friends on his return after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. From the Maysville Ledger-Independent.

“Every single one of them, we know exactly where they are and what they need. They know exactly where they are and what they need and so we’re working together so we can accomplish that and we think we’ll hit it. They could go out and show their welding skills, do something that benefits the community that proves even though they didn’t hit a benchmark on some kind of standardized test that they can still contribute positively to the community.” Simpson County Schools Superintendent Dr. James Flynn on his district’s requirement that every member of the Franklin-Simpson High School Class of 2014 demonstrate college or career readiness to graduate. From the Louisville WFPL Radio News.

“One of the places where I was really disappointed was time (during the school day for collaborative instructional planning). I’ve been trying to figure out how to squeeze in more time for teachers to work on professional development. We are so instructionally focused that we want every minute of every day to focus on instruction. Prior to the start of the year we worked on unit planning and assessment training, which has helped, but I would still like to do more.” Hodgenville Elementary School (LaRue County) principal Sue Osborne discussing the results of this year’s TELL Kentucky working conditions survey with the school board. From the Hodgenville LaRue County Herald-News.

“The gavel hasn’t hit the table, the meeting technically hasn’t begun. It’s a way to allow us to stick to our convictions without inciting any sort of lawsuit. We have a lot more rights that we can utilize than we realize. We can avoid caving in on our convictions and still obey the law.” Anderson County Board of Education member Roger McDowell after he and the other board members held a prayer just prior to the start of their September board meeting, after questions had been raised about the board’s practice of opening its meetings with a religious prayer. From the Lawrenceburg Anderson News.

“Students do respond well and I think they carry the underlying message with them throughout the school year. I saw more school pride as a result of our first pep rally. I think it brings a unifying feeling to our district and makes everyone feel a sense of pride. I think it is very important for students to have an opportunity to interact with me in a relaxed environment. Also, it gives me the opportunity to show students and staff that I am very proud to be superintendent in Clinton County and that my number one priority is the students and their education.” Clinton County Schools Superintendent Charlotte Bernard on the desired impact of the district’s second annual districtwide pep rally. From the Albany Clinton County News.

“This was truly historic. In all of my years I have not witnessed this type of support in a community on behalf of their local public schools. It is a testament to the commitment to education in our county.” Boone County Board of Education Chairman Ed Massey after an estimated 250 people turned out in support of the board’s vote to take the maximum 4 percent revenue increase in this year’s tax bills. From the Fort Mitchell Nky.com.

“I heard what they said and I told them I would share their concerns with the board and the board can do whatever they choose to do. We don’t want to impede residents from doing whatever they need to do. That is one of the beauties of living in America. The superintendent and school boards are not anointed, they are appointed by people. We have processes in place to give people the opportunity to be heard and that’s what I did.” Harlan Independent Schools Superintendent C.D. Morton after meeting with a group of citizens who want the school board to reconsider its nickel tax increase. From the Harlan Daily Enterprise.

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