15 February Advocate

15 February Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate
February 2015 
 
The Lincoln County school district is still coping with some loose ends in the aftermath of an August 2014 fire that destroyed part of its central office and damaged the rest. But that doesn’t mean its leaders haven’t already learned some valuable lessons.
School districts could be shelving some projects as board teams look at their 2015-16 draft budgets. That’s because the bottom line is feeling the strain due to mandated 2 percent salary increases on top of the usual financial stresses.
 
The official theme of this year’s KSBA annual conference may be “The courage to lead,” but a secondary slogan might be called “Back by popular demand.” In response to the need for more training options to fulfill state mandates, the event is crammed with opportunities.
 
Early intervention takes on a nonacademic meaning with the new substance abuse screening initiative being piloted in six Kentucky districts. The system is designed to identify at-risk students and get them help before it’s too late.
 
Both school board members and superintendents are feeling their way through a new superintendent evaluation system this year. One important facet is the documentation that school chiefs must retain to show progress. A feature on KSBA’s eMeeting can help.
 
The school board’s job in selecting a new superintendent doesn’t end with the vote to hire. And the next step can be the trickiest: negotiating a contract. Here’s how to avoid some common pitfalls.
In this Issue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This fire wall did its job when fire broke out Aug. 6 in the annex of Lincoln County Schools’ central office. While the portion that housed the district’s Head Start and a preschool program was destroyed, the firewall protected the central office from fire damage, but not water damage. 
 
About the magazine
The Kentucky School Advocate is published 10 times a year by the Kentucky School Boards Association. Copies are mailed to KSBA members as part of their association membership. One additional issue each year is published exclusively on KSBA’s website.
 
Executive Director
Mike Armstrong
 
Member Support/Communications Services Director
Brad Hughes
 
Advocate Editor
Madelynn Coldiron
 
Publications Coordinator
Jennifer Wohlleb
 
Account Executive
Mary Davis
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