1013People are Talking

1013People are Talking

People are Talking

People are Talking "With us sitting right behind the bus driver and the stop arm, we can read the license plates as they go by. We’re locking them up just so we can make sure our kids, along with everyone else’s, are safe.” Officer Brock Martin, near right, on the placement of police on Mayfield Independent school buses to quell repeated incidents of motorists passing buses loading and unloading students. From the Paducah WPSD-TV News.

“It’s good to have children set goals early. The earlier we can provide support to parents and children, the better off they’ll be. Everything we do is aligned toward college and career readiness.” Campbell County Schools Assistant Superintendent Shelli Wilson on the new state requirement of skills screening for all kindergarten students. From the Fort Mitchell Community Press & Recorder.

“It’s about recognizing that each child has a special gift, a special leadership quality. We want to teach kids the leadership skills that will help them through middle/high school and into adulthood.” Glenn Marshall Elementary (Madison County) Principal Abby White on implementation of the Leader in Me, a three-year program to build students’ positive leadership skills. From the Richmond Register.

“With these inclusions, it’s a totally different ball game. They included 179 students. Our graduating class had 154 students in it. ACT picks up the scores of students who may have left the district for a variety of reasons, took the test their junior year and doesn’t delete them. For the first time ever, it includes all of those students (and those who received testing accommodations). So when you compare the trend data it doesn’t work. On a national level, it’s a small amount of students, but in our district it could be 20 kids out of 179 who most likely didn’t score as well and it skews the data.” Henry County Schools Assistant Superintendent Kricket McClure on the impact of changes in how schools’ ACT scores are calculated. From the Eminence Henry County Local.

“It would increase the number of kids we have involved, increase the marketability of our school and having programs comparable to Elkhorn and Bondurant helps us not lose kids.” Second Street School (Frankfort Independent) Principal Travis Harley on his request to the school board to add archery, baseball and softball sports options as one means of competing with middle schools in the Franklin County system. From the Frankfort State Journal.

“As the state auditor, as a taxpayer watchdog, it’s always good to catch people doing the right thing.” State Auditor Adam Edelen after giving the Montgomery County Schools a “clean bill of health” after an investigation into anonymous claims of wrongdoing in district financial management. From the Mount Sterling Advocate.

“We know many of the folks that visit our schools and their faces are familiar but we will ask everyone to show ID. Once we get school going, all schools will start holding on to the ID until you leave. We ask parents to be patient. We are just trying to do everything we can to keep kids safe.” Allen County Schools Safety Director Brian Carter detailing some security changes made by his district this year. From the Scottsville Citizen-Times.

“Yesterday, parking, it was kind of a shock and awe. I think it took everyone by surprise. Conservatively speaking, we’ve had, in the last two days, 700-plus cars for pickups. We’ve got eight buses now and they’re nowhere near capacity. That is the best option because at 3:05 p.m. today every bus had exited the property. I was hoping that some of those parents would see those buses leaving and would realize, hey, I can save myself 35-40 minutes just by using the buses.” Perry County Schools Finance Officer Jody Maggard on one aspect of opening the new East Perry Elementary School. From the Hazard Herald.

“I have often told superintendents that budget cuts can actually be helpful if they force a focus on setting priorities and improving efficiency. But there comes a time when enough is enough, and I believe we have now passed that point. In fact, I believe the clouds are gathering for a perfect storm that will set our schools up for failure. Keep in mind that the same people who contend our schools are not performing at high enough levels are the same ones who oppose the funding our schools need to succeed.” Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. From the Bethesda, Md., Education Week.
"I abstained because I didn’t want to vote against it. I know it had to be done. I could (have voted no), but by saying, ‘no,’ I would be saying we really don’t need (the tax revenue). I didn’t want to say ‘no’ — in my mind, that was saying the money (the state) was giving us was enough money. If they don’t have any money, they shouldn’t hand out any more mandates." Daviess County school board member Diane Mackey on the message she wanted to send to state leaders by her tax rate vote. From the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.

“As a public school district, Warren County is unique – they have no desire to be in the ‘energy’ business. Their net zero goals are aimed at saving taxpayer dollars to invest in students, and fostering innovative thinking among those kids and the communities they’ll one day run.” Architect Kenny Stanfield of Sherman Carter Barnhart, PSC, in a letter to the Tennessee Valley Authority after the government utility ended a solar power program that paid Warren County Schools for energy generated by a solar powered, net-zero school. From the Bowling Green Daily News.

“This school, in a short time, has come a long distance, with where we were at two or three years ago. It’s indeed an honor to be a hub school. It’s indeed an honor to be able to share our experience with what we have done, with what we’ve accomplished as a school, with other schools in eastern Kentucky that want to look at what’s going on in Pulaski County.” Pulaski County Schools Superintendent Steve Butcher on the Kentucky Department of Education’s selection of Pulaski County High, along with Franklin-Simpson High, as the state’s first “hub” schools demonstrating progress during their designation as priority schools in need of academic improvement. From the Somerset Commonwealth-Journal.

“You do not survive paying 92 percent salary. This is what alarms me, it hamstrings the district.” Mason County Schools Superintendent Rick Ross on the budgetary impact of maintaining staffing despite the loss of federal edujobs funds on top of cuts in state funding. From the Maysville Ledger-Independent.

“I was with the (Kentucky Department of Education) when this money was given to the schools. I was one of the people sent around the state to show the schools how they should use this money.  The number one thing we told schools to not use this money for was staffing.  And, about 95 percent of those schools used the money for staffing. When the money was gone, the schools kept the staffing and paid them with money that wasn’t there.” Fleming County Schools Superintendent Tom Price with a different insight on the same problem. From the Maysville Ledger-Independent.

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