2-12 People Are Talking

2-12 People Are Talking

People are Talking

People are Talking

"All I can do is present what we have been doing and what we are doing, and if there is someone who can do a more effective job than what I’m doing, then I’m OK with that. But I don’t believe that person is out there. I feel that the team is going to walk out and say, ‘As far as a PLA school is concerned, that’s the best PLA school we’ve ever been in.’ In some ways, it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to our school because it inspires a sense of urgency with all." Lincoln County High School Principal Tim Godbey on preparations for a leadership audit by the Department of Education – a process that could lead to his replacement – after his school landed on the state’s Persistently Low-Achieving list. From the DanvilleAdvocate-Messenger.
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“The style of questions are much more rigorous than what our students have experienced previously, written very much like the ACT. Ultimately, what it’s trying to do is get them ready to take the ACT, and to really show that they are college and career ready.” Beth Sumner, Trigg County Schools’ assistant superintendent for instruction, on the first end-of-course exams being taken by high school students this year. From the Cadiz Record.

“The fundamental right of parents to control the education of their children does not extend to a right to demand that their children be allowed to participate without restrictions in extracurricular sports.” Portion of a Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling upholding a Kentucky High School Athletics Association rule prohibiting private-school students who want to compete in athletics from getting more than 25 percent of their tuition costs covered by merit-based scholarships. From the Louisville Courier-Journal.

“This it just to make our dollars stretch as much as we can. It’s not that we’re accepting something less. Before we can explore these options, we have to get our foot in the door first.” Somerset Independent Schools Superintendent Boyd Randolph on the option of changing the district’s facilities plan to renovate rather than replace an elementary school in order to apply for up to $5 million in federally funded Qualified Zone Academy Bonds. From the Somerset Commonwealth-Journal.

“One teacher told me that for the first time in 12 years she will not have to share a room. Every teacher will now have a classroom.” Southgate Independent Schools Superintendent Jim Palm on completion of a $1.4 million, four-classroom expansion, just the start of the $5 million to $6 million of work needed on the 108-year-old school. From the Fort Mitchell nky.com.

“Obviously if we had been on regular schedule, we probably wouldn’t have had school this morning because the roads would have been bad. As long as your buses can run, you can have school and obviously roads were clear enough for buses to run today. Weather is fickle and can change at any time but we are going to try it in January and see how it works.” Hazard High School Principal Happy Mobelini on how the district’s delayed 9 a.m. start time helped avoid a snow day after an early January storm closed several other area schools. From Hazard WYMT-TV.

“The positive thing about the new model is the focus on student growth for every single child. Because of No Child Left Behind, teachers have tended to focus on only struggling students, but now the focus will be on all students, even high achievers.” Jennifer Davis, assessment coordinator for Bowling Green Independent Schools, after studying “simulated results” of last year’s test results as they would be counted next year under the state’s new assessment and accountability system. From the Bowling Green Daily News.

“One, it targets people who do not have a degree, and we all know that research shows that you want to have an educated community, so you want to give people more opportunities for a degree. Two, it greatly increases the chances of someone finishing high school with a degree, because there are so many diverse issues out there that prevent kids from obtaining success.” Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Josh Powell on plans to create an alternative school under a new set of Department of Education guidelines. From the Mt. Sterling Advocate.

“Both East Carter High and West Carter High have proud histories that include a state baseball title for East Carter and a state basketball title for the West Carter high girls. No one likes to be a graduate of a high school that no longer exists, and it is not easy to root for the players you used to root against. Old rivalries don’t die easily. But in many ways Carter County often has been thought of as two counties, with one county seat in Grayson and the other in Olive Hill. We can think of few better ways to unite the county than the creation of one high school.” Portion of newspaper editorial on a proposal to revise the Carter County Schools’ facilities plan and consider consolidation of the district’s two high schools into a single, centrally located school. From the Ashland Daily Independent.
“We created an agenda that will allow him to experience a day in the life of our staff and students at the three schools and the preschool center. As a district we hope to provide an educational experience for Dr. Holliday to gain an insight and understanding of our everyday operations inside the classroom with our students and administrators. We want him to be a part of what transpires in our schools each day.” Murray Independent Schools Superintendent Bob Rogers on the “Holliday for a Day” visit by Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, an event won by the district in an auction sponsored by the Kentucky School Public Relations Association. From the Paducah West Kentucky Star.

“What’s the president like? Do you think we’ll ever have a girl president? Have you seen the president’s daughters before? Are you invited to their birthday parties? Have you ever passed a law that says you can’t give away free things on the Fourth of July?” Some of the questions posed by Boston School (Nelson County) fifth-graders to Kentucky U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie during a talk about how the federal government works. From the Bardstown Kentucky Standard.

Embracing technology

“I know in the past we have been so afraid of using social media and have discouraged it. But, it’s like they always say, ‘If you can’t beat them, join them.’ Students are going to use social media, so why not find a way to get them to use it for an educational purpose.” Mason County Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Ella Bowling on her use of social media site Twitter as a means for students to share information in their studies. From the Maysville Ledger-Independent.

“It’s an online certified pharmacy tech program. It’s 240 hours online and they do clinicals at different sites in Marshall County. They learn federal law regulations, different kinds of drugs and the differences of how they affect the system. They’ll take a pharmacy technician board exam after they graduate from high school. If they pass that, they’ll become a certified pharmacy technician.” Marshall County High School teacher Sandy David on a new state-supported virtual course that one participating student estimated will save her a full year in college. From the Benton Marshall County Tribune-Courier.

“It’s an opportunity for any child in the district to enhance their learning experience. This would allow us the capability to do that.” Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Deaton on the creation of a small “virtual school” for middle and high school students wanting to take courses not offered at the high school. From the Campbellsville Central Kentucky News-Journal.

Point ... Counterpoint

Restoration of school funding cuts

“We’re raising the expectations, but we’re lowering the resources to be able to do it. That’s the bottom line. There’s more and more accountability but less funds to do it. Less money for technology. Less money for training. Less money for resources in the classrooms. It’s important that our parents and our community, even our teachers, have a true perspective of what’s happening and not any kind of tainted perception of what’s going on.” Scott County Schools Superintendent Patricia Putty. From the Georgetown News-Graphic.

“We don’t have $300 million – that’s the problem. I would love to raise funding for education, but I think there’s very little support for a tax increase right now. I would love to see tax reform so we could produce some new revenue.”
House Education Committee Chairman Carl Rollins (D-Midway). From the Frankfort State Journal.

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