People Are Talking

People Are Talking

People Are Talking

Kentucky School Advocate
February 2018 
Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser
“Inappropriate use of social media is causing a lot of the problem. We have to be partners to address this.”  
­– Marion County Schools Superintendent Taylora Schlosser (right) to middle school students she talked with following back-to-back threats to the school posted on social media. An arrest was made in one of the cases. From the Lebanon Enterprise

“We recently had our holiday gala at the Mason County Auditorium and afterward, the custodians, some students and I were cleaning up. We were vacuuming and tripped the breaker. When was the last time you were vacuuming your house and tripped your breaker?”
­– Mason County High School music teacher Charlie Hunter, giving an example of why the board’s recently approved nickel tax is needed to fund much-needed maintenance and upgrades at several schools. From the Ledger-Independent, Maysville

“What we’ve seen a lot of is an increase in young people having and playing with guns, as well as a rise in drug use, depression and suicidal thoughts.” 
­– Simpson County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Joey Kilburn on results of the district’s Kentucky Incentives for Prevention survey, which prompted officials to develop a workshop for parents. From the Franklin Favorite

“It’s a travesty that we are placed in that situation that we have to be so frugal.” 
­– Ashland Independent Superintendent Sean Howard, reacting to a report by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that said Kentucky has cut more funding per student since 2008, adjusted for inflation, than all but two other states. From the Daily Independent, Ashland
State Representative Kelly Flood
“It was so different across the state in different districts.” 
– State Representative Kelly Flood (D-Lexington), describing what she learned when investigating the types of sex education school districts currently provide. Flood is co-sponsor of a bill that would require age-appropriate sex education for public school students starting in fourth grade. From the Lexington Herald-Leader

“It’s more of the message it sends, that we care more about private schools than public ones.” 
– Ben Milleran higher education issues expert for the left-leaning Center for American Progress, on the new federal tax reform that allows families to use up to $10,000 per year of their “529” college savings plan funds on annual K-12 expenses, including private and religious school tuition. From the Courier Journal, Louisville

“Some of our kids simply do not have access to air conditioning, so I would rather they be in a climate-controlled classroom than out in the August heat.” 
– Scott County Schools Superintendent Kevin Hub, responding to criticism from Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer that the school board-approved 2018-19 starting date of Aug. 8 is too early. From the News-Graphic, Georgetown
State Senate Education Committee Chairman Max Wise
“We’re looking at about 15 Kentucky counties that may be losing school systems, of having to close down.” 
– State Senate Education Committee Chairman Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) on the crisis in property taxation some districts, particularly in eastern Kentucky, are facing due to local economic conditions. From WEKU-FM, Richmond

“I realize it has been both popular and needed by many districts. However, the next iteration must evaluate the quality of the experience as well.”
– State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt, after the Senate Education Committee approved a bill to end the popular non-traditional instruction program within three years. From the Lexington Herald-Leader

“We’re not responding to a specific threat. We’re just looking to the future.” 
– Boyd County school board Chairman Bob Green on the board’s move to post an off-duty sheriff’s deputy at its meetings. 
From the Daily Independent, Ashland

“I’d rather the local school board spend my money than someone else.” 
– Burgin resident Darryl Peavler at a public hearing on a proposed equivalent nickel tax for the Burgin Independent district, later approved by the school board. From the Harrodsburg Herald
Graphic from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy “By not adequately funding the SEEK guaranteed base, by cutting non-SEEK funding for several years and by leaving wealthy and poor school districts alike to make up the difference, we have put our school districts on an increasingly uneven playing field.” 
– Anna Baumann, senior policy analyst for the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy and author of a report showing the funding gap between wealthy and poor school districts continues to grow. From the Murray Ledger & Times

“As our Chamber of Commerce continues to advocate for additional state dollars toward funding education, it seems our efforts are wasted without pension reform.” 
– Opinion piece by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, which noted state funding meant for schools 
would instead go toward shoring up public pension systems, and urging the legislature to waste no time in acting on pension reforms. From the River City News, Covington

“Most of my administrators wear multiple hats in the district. My director of pupil personnel is also our high school assistant principal and director of maintenance. Our director of districtwide services wears six to eight different hats over title funds, special education and a number of areas.” 
– Dawson Springs Independent Superintendent Leonard Whalen, reacting to the governor’s criticism of district administrative costs and his state budget proposal to address them. Whalen also noted he is the sole certified staffer in the district’s central office. From the Messenger, Madisonville

“When throwing out a blanket statement, you need to make sure it’s a very educated and well-researched statement of how poorly districts are doing with administration. Because I don’t think that is true for us.” 
– Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan’s reaction to the governor’s comments explaining his budget-based directive to school districts to cut administrative costs. From the News-Enterprise, Elizabethtown
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