“Your information is kept completely confidential. The only people in the district who have knowledge of who are F/R (free/reduced) students work in the cafeterias. Even as the superintendent, I do not have open access to this information. (And) there is no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed to fill out the application. All of our schools are well over the 50 percent mark already so being on F/R lunch does not set your child apart in a small group. By not signing up you risk your child not eating lunch and maybe costing the schools and the district in federal funding.” Trimble County Schools Superintendent Steve Miracle (left) encouraging greater participation in the free-and-reduced meals program in a regular column he is now writing in the local newspaper. From the Bedford Trimble Banner.
“Each item will have a picture, description and nutrition facts with it and you can rate them. If there’s something they really like and enjoy, they can look it up and give it five stars. And we look at that. It helps because they’re the ones we’re feeding, not the parents. We really value their feedback. I think more parents are becoming health conscious and really want to know what their child is eating. It’s very helpful that it’s at your fingertips and you can just look and see.” Hardin County Schools Director of Child Nutrition Josey Crew on creation of a mobile application that allows students and parents to go online, view and even rate foods served in school cafeterias. From the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise.
“There are years where we excel because of population of that particular class, but our community is educated at that and they know how to read those reports and know what’s important to them and what’s important to them is that their child gets a solid education.” Jim Palm, superintendent of Southgate Independent School, the state’s smallest (180 students) district, on how test results can be affected year to year in his K-8 school. From the Louisville-based CN2 News.
“I think it communicates some uniqueness about our district. I would think it makes these students feel cared about, and that the district is really interested in quality teachers. My personal opinion is that this is a really good strategy that may take some time to refine, but I would suspect it’s going to be time well invested.” Paducah Independent Board of Education Chairman Carl LeBuhn in support of the district’s recruitment plan designed to increase diversity of its staff. From the Paducah Sun.
“In essence, districts are in the unfortunate situation of having to use more and more local funds each year to pay for pupil transportation costs, which are in theory a state obligation. This places a significant financial burden on districts, and also diverts funding from other critical areas, such as classroom instruction. Every superintendent I have spoken with agrees on two things: the safety and well-being of our students is paramount; and the current funding situation is untenable. Urgent action is needed in order to help our districts and ensure the safe transportation of all students is an adequately funded priority.” Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Hiren Desai urging backing for more state funding for school transportation costs. From the KDE weekly Commissioner’s Blog.