“Having a higher percentage of our teachers living in Carroll County will be better for our students and better for our community. However, the truth is that good teachers are very valuable, and we have to work to make our district and our community competitive. Teachers who live in the community help everyone. They are more likely to support local businesses, bank locally and participate in the community’s civic organizations. Also, they are more likely to stay with us for many years, which means that our students reap the benefits of the top-notch training that we provide to our faculty.” Carroll County Schools Superintendent Bill Hogan on a campaign to attract and retain more teachers to work and live in the district. From the Carrollton News-Democrat.
“It means we need to keep pressing on with what we’re doing. We’ve changed a lot of what we were doing. In the past, when I first started teaching, questions were low-level. Now, the students are more engaged. We’re asking them, ‘How are you going to use this outside of school?,’ things that will make them think and discuss. Sometimes they argue, but I’m there as a coach to keep them on topic and on track. It’s working to keep them interested.” Simons Middle School (Fleming County) eighth-grade math teacher Brett Lawson reflecting on his school’s one-year rise from a state rating of needs improvement to proficient. From the Maysville Ledger-Independent.
“We can technically have a computer for every kid in the classroom. The programs will address their individual needs. The money for this project came from funds we had allocated for a program like this. Last spring we outlined our plan for totally revamping our computer networking system, and since then we have put in over 370 new devices, including desktops, laptops, and wireless items. This mobile lab program was part of that network renovation for our schools to make them equal to or above any school in the area.” Ludlow Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Borchers on the start-up of a mobile technology lab in his district’s two schools. From the Covington River City News.
“We’re going to teach you things like how to read drawings, engineering drawings, how to assemble parts, how to ensure quality is right every time on a product that’s being made, how to operate some of the machinery we’re going to talk about here in a minute. How to use those tools to develop your experience base, so that when you walk off the street, you’re not just Joe Smith, high school grad, but you’re Joe Smith, two-year experienced manufacturing technician.” Clark Materials Vice President of Operations Chuck Mix to Woodford County High School students on his firm’s support for the school’s manufacturing program. From the Versailles Woodford Sun.
“They can’t complain if they choose the menu.” Monroe County Schools Food Services Director Tony Harlan on a tasting event in which high school students tried out foods from several vendors, with the results to be used in choosing items for future cafeteria meal options. From the Tompkinsville Monroe County Citizen.
“This is a small town. I talked to the CEO of Topix, he’s not from a small town. He couldn’t fathom why it’s such an issue around here.” Ashland Police Sgt. and Cyber Crime Unit Director Ryan Conley on how his agency is attempting to reduce cyberbullying by reporting insults involving students to moderators at the popular social media site. From the Ashland The Independent.
“Plant that seed: ‘Don’t do anything crazy here.’” Simpson County Schools Superintendent Jim Flynn on one goal of a $61,000 project to install night vision cameras at each school in his district. From WBKO-TV in Bowling Green.
“The teachers were asked to pick up and move out and two days later be ready to teach. It was a lot of people working really hard and we didn’t miss a beat.” Fort Thomas Independent Schools Facilities Management Director Jerry Wissman on staff work to ensure minimal interruption in classroom learning during a $19 million renovation of Moyer Elementary School. From the Fort Mitchell Community Press & Recorder.