“That process is the process you follow when you are looking at closing a school due to pupil expenditures and the financial costs that isn’t there. The enrollment at Cuba has been below 200 for the last five to seven years; it’s at 155 right now. There’s been endeavors and initiatives since 2001 to increase enrollment at Cuba Elementary by redistricting some of Wingo’s students and Sedalia’s students to move there. This is all about per-pupil spending, and this is the procedure you follow when you look to close a school for fiscal reasons.” Graves County Schools Superintendent Kim Harrison commenting on a lawsuit claiming the district failed to follow state law in the procedure for closing a school. From the Murray WKMS-FM.
“The closer it gets to the end of the year, the more I want it to be over.” Hickman County High School senior Johanna Fuller expressing what is probably a much-shared assessment of the spring semester stretched out by winter ice, snow and cold. From the Paducah WPSD-TV.
“Going through the process gives the board another tool to use in making financial decisions. This is in no way a reflection on how we feel that you are doing in the schools. We are very pleased in the ways our schools look.” Pendleton County Schools Superintendent Anthony Strong to custodial employees about the board’s decision to explore outsourcing of their work. From the Falmouth Outlook.
“We’re very pleased, because schools oftentimes don’t generate that. Metcalfe County, Adair County sold some and you don’t get that price like that. We’ve got $100,000 in state technology offers of assistance that’s kind of been piling up. Because you can’t pull that money out unless you match it dollar for dollar. We’ve not had a lot of local dollars to match it, so we’ve accumulated $100,000 in escrow.” Russell County Schools Superintendent Michael Ford on one benefit of a $137,500 winning bid to purchase a former elementary school. From the Russell Springs Times-Journal.
“We believe it’s a way to save the taxpayers money that would allow us to do more construction, especially in schools. We think the prevailing wage as it is established in different regions is unfair.” House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover (R-Jamestown) on efforts by GOP legislators to exempt school construction projects from the state’s prevailing wage law. From the Fort Mitchell Kentucky Enquirer.
“I don’t buy the savings part is really a savings. We need to make sure that we’re paying people wages they can feed their family on and make sure we’re getting quality work done throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.” House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook) on why Democratic legislators insist that the prevailing wage status quo on school projects be unchanged. From the Fort Mitchell Kentucky Enquirer.