“Our pockets are hanging out at this point. I really hope this is the last change order, because we are out of money.” Carter County Board of Education Chairman Bryan Greenhill after his board approved another change order on a long-awaited elementary school renovation project. From the Grayson Journal-Times.
“We have right now 1,900 active members here. We offer lots of programs for our members and for our school kids. Our school kids get to use our facilities for free four days a week for two hours so it gives these kids some type of social club to join as well as giving a health benefit to them. We are constantly doing something here with the youth and student athletes plus we are still providing a great service to our members here. The Wellness Center is just a great place for this community.” Center Director John Petett to the Monroe County Board of Education on the value of the district-operated wellness center to various segments of the community. From the Tompkinsville Monroe County Citizen.
“It’s a big deal when you start talking about dollars and cents, too. Not only in the impact for the schools to have kids staying in the classroom and helping with attendance numbers, but for parents. If you only have a limited number of days that you can take off, and you have to take off half a day to go sit in a lobby somewhere with your child, you’ve missed a half day of pay.” Tennille Rushing, director of clinic operations at Mercy Medical Associates in Paducah, on the expansion of school-based health clinics to more McCracken County and Paducah Independent schools. From the Paducah Sun.
“The Early College Academy model and dual credit programs offer a rigorous and engaging curriculum which will help our students keep an academic edge during their junior and senior years of high school. Among the many benefits, students and families will also realize a significant cost savings in tuition and expenses normally associated with higher education.” Martin County Schools Superintendent Steve Meadows on an agreement to allow 10 students to study in a special program at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Mayo campus. From the Prestonsburg Floyd County Times.
“It’s one thing to send kids to school and know they’re getting a good education, but when you know they’re eating in a clean place, that brings it to a whole new level. It really does.” East Bernstadt Independent Board of Education member Kim Jervis on a report that the school’s cafeteria had scored a perfect 100 in its inspection by the Laurel County Health Department. From the London Sentinel-Echo.
“When a student meets benchmarks on all state required end-of-course exams and ACT state benchmarks, all other graduation requirements are waived. The student doesn’t have to worry about having a certain number of English credits, health/P.E., etc.” Susan Ryan, coordinator for gifted education and workforce readiness for Elizabethtown Independent Schools, on the graduation of two high school juniors, the first in the district to take advantage of a new law creating an early graduation option. From the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise.
“We really push academics and we’ve received so much support from the community. That is really what makes our area noteworthy. People care about these students. It takes a lot of money to help the students travel to these competitions. There are so many wonderful businesses that have helped to sponsor us. We really want to thank everyone.” Johnson County Middle School Quick Recall Team coach Pam Burton on the relationship between community backing and her team’s undefeated run through the 2015 Junior National Academic Championship Tournament last month in Washington, D.C. From the Paintsville Herald.