KSBA rocking up and down the road for fall regional meetings

Midway through this year’s KSBA Fall Regional Meetings, participating board members, superintendents and guests are offering positive responses to the program focusing on college and career readiness.

The program, led by KSBA Executive Director Bill Scott and featuring a series of roundtable discussions by participants, focuses on the Unbridled Learning accountability aspects of preparing more high school graduates for college without the need of remedial courses or for the job market with limited training needs.

One guest, Senate Education Committee Chairman Ken Winters (R-Murray), called the session he attended in Hickman County “one of the best presentations on Senate Bill 1 and the college and career goals I’ve heard anywhere.”

During the program, attendees hear from two members of the Kentucky Board of Education with unique perspectives on the roles of district leaders. Roger Marcum, a former superintendent, and Brigitte Blom-Ramsey, a former state school board member, appear in a video question-and-answer session about the roles of local leaders, the expectations of state board members and the purpose of Kentucky’s emphasis on college and career readiness. Participants also discuss at their tables how districts are using transitional interventions to assist struggling students and engaging district and community leaders in academic and career counseling for students.

Dinner at each of the fall regional meetings begins at 6 p.m. and the programs are concluding by 8:30 p.m.

One change on the calendar involves the Eastern Kentucky South meeting, which has been moved from Monday, Oct. 31 to Thursday, Nov. 3 to avoid some conflicts with schools’ and students’ Halloween activities. The meeting will still take place at the Mountain Arts Center on Lake Drive in Prestonsburg.

For a full list of the remaining KSBA Fall Regional Meetings, dates, times and locations, click here http://www.ksba.org/2011FallRegionalMeetings.aspx.

PHOTO: Members of the McLean County Board of Education and Superintendent Tres Settle discuss transitional courses for struggling students during the Second Region fall meeting in Owensboro.

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