19 February Advocate

19 February Advocate

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Kentucky School Advocate
February 2019
 
Board diversity
Christine Thompson ran for Livingston County school board to improve the schools for her two daughters and make a difference in her community. But when she won, Thompson made history as the first Hispanic woman elected to office in the Commonwealth. 

Waiting for the buses
Districts hope that the Volkswagen settlement will mean they can replace old, inefficient buses, but Kentucky’s share of the funds remains in limbo. Find out what the state has said it wants to do with Kentucky’s $20 million share and how other states are using their settlement cash. 

Laying the foundation 
Nearly 30 percent of Kentucky school districts are getting extra help. From foundations to fund teacher grants, summer programs and other learning opportunities for students. Learn how foundations fill the funding gap and find out what it takes to make a foundation a success. 
 
Name game 
One western Kentucky district has received $1.3 million by selling naming rights to many of their athletic facilities and academic areas. Find out why McCracken County’s superintendent says it’s a win-win for the district and community, and what are some guidelines to consider if your district is considering going that route.
 
Flexible taxing 
School boards face many constraints on their ability to raise revenue. Learn how tax flexibility could help districts tailor their taxes to the local community and reduce reliance on property taxes.
 
 
Livingston County school board member Christine Thompson, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, became the first Hispanic woman elected to office in Kentucky. (Cover photo courtesy of Ellen O’Nan, the Paducah Sun) 
 
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