16 July/August Advocate

16 July/August Advocate

July/August 2016
Lessons all around
As the second year of the regional iLead Academy begins, a new crop of students will take advantage of its project-based, STEM focus, while participating districts will take some lessons learned there and incorporate them into their other schools.

Serious service
Tornado recovery wasn’t in the mix when Graves County High School began planning its annual service day, but it was quickly added to the nearly 70 sites around the county where students worked to improve their community.
What are the parameters of the Graves County High School community service requirement? Find out more about its provisions and guidelines here.

Rate intervention pays off
Intervention in a utility rate increase case by KSBA’s School Energy Managers Project has again reaped opportunities for school districts that were part of the effort. Besides benefiting from the rate outcome, they also have a shot at funding to make energy efficiency improvements.

Summer Leadership Institute recap
ESSA in Kentucky
Kentucky board members got an in-depth look at the new Every Student Succeeds Act from a National School Boards Association official, with an emphasis on local governance.
Should school personnel be armed? The police officer leading this clinic session outlined the points to consider and warned the issue could crop up here soon.
A superintendent and local school board member were honored with the annual Celebrate Advocacy for Public Education (CAPE) awards July 8 during KSBA's Summer Leadership Institute.
KSBA’s Governmental Relations Director Hope McLaughlin gave Summer Leadership Institute attendees a rundown of the 2016 legislative session and a look ahead at what issues are likely to return when lawmakers convene in 2017.

New title, familiar face
KSBA’s longtime board team development director is moving to the No. 2 spot at the association. Kerri Schelling has been named associate executive director and is looking forward to continuing to meet the needs of school board members statewide.
Adair County senior walk: cheers, tears, memories
This year, a growing number of Kentucky high schools embraced the idea of having their graduating seniors return to their former elementary and middle schools. One of the earliest to do the “senior walks” was Adair County High School, which staged its third, high-energy event just prior to graduation in late May. The road trip is designed as part celebration for those finishing high school and part encouragement for younger students to stay on the diploma track.
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On The Cover
Aubrey New, a freshman from Gallatin County at iLead Academy, works on a high-tech version of wood burning in the school’s makerspace area. She and another student hope to go commercial with the weather-beaten signs they are creating at the new regional career academy that draws its student body from five districts. Read more about the iLead Academy here.
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