Take Note

Take Note

Take Note

Take Note
Change at the top
Hancock County school board member Allen Kennedy moved from president elect to president of KSBA this month. KSBA’s president usually assumes his or her position at the end of the association’s annual conference, which this year is Feb. 27-March 1. However, when Durward Narramore lost his school board seat in Jenkins Independent this past November, his term as president ended Dec. 31, causing Kennedy to step into the role two months early.
 
David Webster of the Simpson County Board of Education has been nominated to become next in line to lead KSBA. Webster, a member of the Simpson County board since 2007 and a director-at-large on the KSBA Board since 2011, has been recommended by the association’s nominating committee for the office of president elect.
 
Kennedy will serve as president until 2017, at which time Webster, if ratified by the membership, will automatically ascend to the top spot. Webster, a business owner and Warren County Schools graduate, is a member of the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce and is active in his church. He’s been a member of the Simpson County board since 2007 and chairs the panel.
 
The nominating committee also recommended four people for election to three-year terms as directors-at-large: Joe Brown, Garrard County; Michelle New, Franklin County; Donna Wilson, Montgomery County; and Jo Sabol, West Point Independent, who had been serving as a regional chairperson on the association board.
 
Under KSBA bylaws, the nominating committee’s recommendations will go before the full membership for ratification at the association’s annual business meeting, Feb. 28 during the 79th KSBA Annual Conference.
 
Last on board
Kim Croley, a member of the Corbin Independent school board since 2007, is the new regional chairperson on the KSBA Board of Directors. She was elected at the final 2014 Fall Regional Meeting to represent the Upper Cumberland region for a three-year term.
 
Croley is a clinical pharmacist at Laurel County Senior Living Communities. A Corbin High School graduate, she holds bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and University of Kentucky, and a doctor of pharmacy degree from UK. Croley holds memberships in several state and national pharmacist professional organizations and is a two-time past president of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association and president-elect of the Kentucky chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She also is a past Kentucky Pharmacist of the Year award winner. Active in her church and local women’s club, Croley is a life member of the Redhound Varsity Club.
 
Make your voice heard
School board members have the opportunity to talk to state lawmakers about how their decisions affect local schools during KSBA’s annual advocacy event in Frankfort. Kids First Advocacy Day is slated for Feb. 12 during the 2015 legislature’s “short” session. The day will kick off with a breakfast at the Capital Plaza Hotel, where attendees will hear from legislative leaders and then get pointers on effectively communicating with lawmakers. After breakfast, school board members will head to the Capitol to visit with their senators and representatives, followed by a chance to watch them in action.
 
More details will be forthcoming; keep an eye on the front page of this website for registration and lodging information.
A Flynn win
Simpson County Schools Superintendent Dr. James Flynn is the 2015 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year, selected by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Flynn, far right receiving his award from KASA Executive Director Wayne Young, was called “a dynamic, inventive and creative leader,” by last year’s top superintendent, Dr. Randy Poe of Boone County.
Flynn has helmed the Simpson County district for 11 years, guiding the system through multiple successes with programs for at-risk students and to some impressive figures: a college and career readiness rate of 98 percent; a graduation rate of 92 percent and an attendance rate of 95 percent.
 
Flynn is a KASA mentor for new superintendents, vice chairman of the Local Superintendents Advisory Council and an adjunct faculty for Western Kentucky University’s Center for Leadership Excellence.
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