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17 February Advocate

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February 2017 
At least one Kentucky school district has found a way to keep kids fed during non-traditional instruction days, while another is using the backpack system to make sure no student goes hungry.

Building inspectors
The Kentucky Department of Education will soon be choosing a vendor to create a sustainable system for evaluating the physical condition of school buildings. But while that firm will design the process, it will be school districts or their architects and engineers that will carry out the assessments.

Unique partnership pays off
Calloway County and Murray Independent called a truce over perennial nonresident student contract disputes, but they didn’t just make the peace: They made a new technology center that is co-owned and benefits students from both systems.

Raising the energy bar
Owen County Schools is back on top of the school energy efficiency list. That may not be as surprising as how the system has been able to consistently reduce its energy use.
Most of the nearly 60 school districts participating in KSBA’s Special Energy Projects Funding are using the money to lighten up – both their school buildings and their budgets.
KSBA is once again intervening before the state Public Service Commission on behalf of public schools in a utility rate increase case.
Local leaders take the “LEAD” in advocating for public education
Unruffled by a Jan. 5 snowfall, nearly 90 school board members and superintendents took the case of public schools and students directly to lawmakers at this year’s KSBA Legislative Education Advocacy Day (LEAD) at the state Capitol and annex building. The event was moved to January this year to get the local education officials engaged with senators and representatives early in the 2017 General Assembly.
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Ed Innovators

In Conversation With
State Rep. John “Bam” Carney 
The Murray Independent and Calloway County school districts opened a new jointly-owned Area Technology Center last fall, a first-of-its-kind partnership. (Top photo, from left) Murray school board member Donnie Winchester, Calloway County Superintendent Tres Settle, vocational school principal Dan Hicks, Calloway County school board member Leeann Myers, Murray Superintendent Bob Rogers and Calloway County school board member Steve Grogan were among those who overcame obstacles to form the relationship. There are six programs at the vocational school for students to study, including automotive technology (lower left) and welding (lower right). Read more about the project here.
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