Ten Kentucky schools have been singled out for their positive working conditions based on the most recent TELL (teaching, empowerment, leading and learning) survey taken in all school districts. The schools named to the Winner’s Circle are: Cuba Elementary in Graves County, Murray High School in Murray Independent, McLean Middle School in McLean County, Cub Run Elementary in Hart County, Corbin Middle School in Corbin Independent, Carter Traditional Elementary in Jefferson County, Elkhorn Crossing School in Scott County, Conner Middle School and the Boone County Area Technology Center in Boone County, and West Liberty Elementary in Morgan County.
New evaluation training
Kentucky school boards will receive new training opportunities focused on both the new superintendent evaluation system under development and the state’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System for teachers and principals, thanks to grant funding. KSBA has received a $45,000 subgrant from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence as part of that group’s grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The foundation awarded the Prichard Committee funding to train members of several groups in the new evaluation systems and to create buy-in and support for the new systems. While KSBA will provide training for school board members, the project will enable the Kentucky Association of School Administrators and the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents to do the same for their members.
Using the subgrant from Prichard, KSBA is developing a training program and materials for school board members on superintendent effectiveness and evaluation. The training also will give board members an understanding of the new teacher and principal evaluation systems now being piloted statewide.
“The key is to give school board members a working knowledge of all three professional growth systems,” said KSBA Interim Executive Director David Baird. “This will enable them to answer questions in the community and help dispel rumors or incorrect information.”
With the subgrant, KSBA will deploy a statewide training cadre to provide in-district training to 60 school boards at no cost to them, except for the trainer’s travel expenses. Other boards would be able to take advantage of the training during presentations at KSBA conferences and regional meetings this year and next year.
An overview of the new superintendent evaluation system in development is already being presented at this year’s Fall Regional Meetings, which began in September.
Success is showing up
All the elementary and middle schools that won this year’s High Attendance Day competition Sept. 18 scored a perfect 100 percent attendance. The competition is sponsored by the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel. Research has shown attendance is one of the strongest predictors of academic success. Winning schools will receive $500.
In the small schools category, the winners were: Blackberry Elementary in Pike County, East Bernstadt (Independent) Middle School and Paintsville (Independent) High School, at 99.87 percent.
In the large schools category, the winners were: Providence Elementary in Clark County, Belfry Middle School in Pike County and Central High School in Jefferson County, at 99.22 percent.