“The state constitution mandates that the state fund education, but they’re not doing it. Local people are having to fund 40 percent of our budget The state is forcing our hand. I would have liked to have delayed the increase until next year. But this puts us in better shape down the road.” Daviess County Board of Education Chairman Frank Riney, summing up the feelings of many his counterparts across the state when voting for additional local taxes this year. From the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.
“We pull thousands of gallons of water inside the school, pull the heat out and then release the water back into the river. We were looking for alternative sources other than the well system and it saved us about a million dollars when we put that system in.” Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard on the high school’s unique hydropowered heating system. From the Hazard WYMT-TV.
“I’ve given teachers a tag for willingly volunteering to watch another class. (The teacher tags are) just for helping out and good attitudes. Everybody wants to feel appreciated.” Morningside Elementary School (Elizabethtown Independent) Assistant Principal Dawne Swank on a unique aspect of her school’s use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, which is a proactive approach to addressing schoolwide behavior. From the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise.
“Special needs teachers are stepping out of the classroom and working together in their own PLC (professional learning community) to communicate with parents, to communicate with each other to meet those more challenging needs in the classroom. That is something we weren’t doing in prior years where we are trying to give people time to manage the overwhelming nature of the work. It’s facilitated instruction and that’s how our skills get better. We’ve tried to respond a lot of different ways from the district perspective and the school perspective to try to support teachers.” Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr on changes made to respond to needs of special education teachers. From the Bardstown Kentucky Standard.
“I’ve had to move practice indoors and that hinders what I can do. I did have to move practices to 7 p.m. in order to get practices in. I’m thankful the Wellness Center is there, so we can move inside if we have to. They take it serious, which is good. They also shorten the race because of the heat. It helps with the heat and keeps them from overheating while running.” Clinton County High School cross country coach Dipesh Soma on dealing with the heat to protect athletes. From the Albany Clinton County News.