“We watch children every day walk past the cash register and then throw away things that we are forced, have forced them to take, essentially as a result of the federal requirements for lunches. There’s no guarantee that the things they bring from home are healthier, or that if they stop by the minute market on the way to school and what they grabbed at that point is a healthier option. We feel like, based on the way it’s going, we can do a better job locally than the federal government can in regards to what our kids in Fort Thomas want.” Fort Thomas Independent Schools Superintendent Gene Kirchner on his district’s decision to drop out of the federal free and reduced meals program over restrictions on types of food that can be provided to students. From the Cincinnati WLWT-TV News.
“Foremost in our minds were the kids, the student athletes and the band kids. This will work better for all of them. But the costs savings is a God-send. We’re having to watch every dollar. When we can get better facilities for over $100,000 less, give our nationally recognized Adair band facilities (what) they need, now, then it’s a win for everybody. The only thing hitting us in the face is the realization that this ought to have been done 10 years ago.” Adair County Schools Superintendent Alan Reed on plans to convert the site of a former school into a practice field for the award-winning high school band. From the Columbia Magazine.
“We’ve dreamed about this for so long, so I get a little emotional. We feel blessed.” Magoffin County Schools Board of Education Chairwoman Caroline Isaac at the groundbreaking of the district’s $40 million high school, funded by a local nickel tax and a special appropriation by the 2014 General Assembly. From the Salyersville Independent.
“Somerset has a long history of accepting Science Hill students as part of the Briar Jumper family and our children really enjoy and benefit from the terrific education they receive at Somerset High School. This is truly an example of cooperation that could be a model for other districts, not only throughout the state, but nationally.” Science Hill Independent Schools Superintendent Rick Walker on an agreement for resident status for graduates of the K-8 district to attend high school in Somerset Independent. From the Somerset Commonwealth-Journal.
“We have carved time into our schedule where every student in this building who needs extra help in reading and math will have time to get help. We have built a one-hour block of time at the end of the day for students who need intervention in reading and math. We have also built a 25-minute writing block into the schedule. (Students who don’t need the extra help) will be in extension classes—classes that may be of high interest, or clubs or other activities. If they are where they need to be on reading and math, we will have some type of extensions for them to do during that time. We will have a lot of opportunities with this. Every student will be doing something during this time.” Allen County Intermediate Center Principal Shawn Holland on changes in his school’s daily schedule designed to help struggling students. From the Scottsville Citizen-Times.