“When you pull a certificate up and it’s clean, you kind of assume it’s clean, that there is nothing else. That’s an assumption now we no longer make. If you ever had any misconduct with a student, you’re not going to be hired.” Newport Independent Schools Superintendent Kelly Middleton on changes in hiring practices in his district after it was learned that a teacher, now facing a sexual abuse charge involving a child, had a prior problem while employed with the Boone County Schools – an issue not “flagged” when the independent district checked the educator’s teaching certificate with the state Education Professional Standards Board. From the Fort Mitchell Kentucky Enquirer.
“As the Red Book requirements changed, it doubled the workload at the middle and high schools. The bookkeeper situation is something we really have to monitor – whether we take some workload off of them or look at additional help.” Spencer County Schools Superintendent Chuck Adams on an auditor’s urging that the district closely monitor the workload of its high school and middle school bookkeepers. From the Taylorsville Spencer Magnet.
“For administrators, it’s easy to get caught in doing reports behind the desk or doing the emails because we do get a lot of emails. I think it’s easy to do that so this kind of puts things in perspective and makes you prioritize that being out with the kids is the most important thing and if you can get out there as much as you can then everybody’s better off, really.” Heartland Elementary (Hardin County) School Principal Emily Campbell on participating in “No Office Day,” whereby school and district administrators spent the day in classrooms, cafeterias and just about anywhere in a school other than their regular offices. From the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise.
“Tardiness is the biggest thing we have heard through this program and a lot of the school systems have taken this and developed a whole criteria. The school system has helped us out tremendously. It’s not just economic development sitting up here talking about education; it’s the school system really taking a leadership role in this.” Marshall County Economic Development Project Administrator Wendy Baxter on how the local school district has addressed job readiness issues as part of the effort to become a Kentucky Work Ready Community. From the Benton Marshall County Tribune-Courier.
“It’s not exactly an offer too good for juniors and seniors in three Greenup County high schools to refuse, but it is an opportunity for students at Greenup County, Russell and Raceland-Worthington high schools to improve their scores on the ACT test mandated by state law. There are a number of programs and classes available designed to help students better prepare for the ACT, but many of them are so costly many families cannot afford to have their children take those classes and programs. Many parents of average students are not convinced the advantages their children may receive from attending ACT preparation classes justify their cost.” Portions of an editorial praising the three neighboring districts for creating a free preparation program to help students improve their scores on future ACT exams. From The Ashland Independent.
“They’re able to choose the computer during free time, and they’re able to do things more independently and on their own. Some students struggle with the mouse, so it’s good to have that touch-screen available but still be able to teach them how to use a mouse at the same time.” Bardstown Primary School special education teacher Margaret Smith on grant-funded expansion of touch-screen computers that are more user-friendly for her students. From the Bardstown Kentucky Standard.