17 January Advocate

17 January Advocate

January 2017
 
 
On your mark …
Get set, and go! As new board members are welcomed by just over 100 school boards this month – which also happens to be School Board Recognition Month – we asked experienced board members to share some tips on how the new folks can hit the ground running.

Charge to charters
This is expected to be the legislative session when Kentucky joins the majority of states that authorize charter schools. But for public schools, the devil, as they say, will be in the details. There also will be other issues for public school educators to keep an eye on.
 
 

Dental dilemma
More Kentucky children have dental insurance than ever, so why has their oral health gotten worse? The state’s schools are working with a variety of partner groups to turn this around, and family resource and youth service centers have been key players.
 
ONLINE EXTRA: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky’s Youth

A super event
A psychologist, a mountaineer and a former talk-show host walk into KSBA’s Annual Conference … and they deliver keynotes. There’ll also be fresh takes on mandated training, entirely new offerings and features back by popular demand.

KSBA Winter Symposium:
At a time when school district finances everywhere are tight, it’s more important than ever for school board members to trust one another, be team players and set the right priorities. That was the message from the keynote speaker at Winter Symposium.
 
School boards are accountable for the district’s budget, but they’re also accountable for the accountant – that is, the person they hire to do their system’s audit. Attendees at Winter Symposium got an overview of the process and some hiring tips.
 
Representatives from the Kentucky School Boards Association presented Johnson County Schools with the Fall 2016 PEAK Award in a ceremony at the district's middle school last month.
 
Off-the-podium moments at 2016 KSBA Winter Symposium
The focus of any KSBA conference is on the speakers and clinic presenters, but there’s also a lot of activity away from the general session stages or workshop rooms. Such was the case during December’s KSBA Winter Symposium in Louisville.
President's Perspective

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Ed Wellness

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In Conversation With

 
Barbourville Independent school board Chairman Dr. Edwin Smith helps students through his professional skills as a dentist in addition to his work as a school board member. In his mobile dental clinic, Smith examines West Irvine Elementary (Estill County) fifth-grader Holly Hoover. Find out how school districts are partnering with providers and others to improve student dental health here.
 
Executive Director
Mike Armstrong

Member Support/ Communications Services Director
Brad Hughes

Advocate Editor
Madelynn Coldiron

Publications Coordinator
Matt McCarty
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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