People Are Talking

People Are Talking

People Are Talking

Kentucky School Advocate
November 2016 
"This will always be home to me. Not a lot of great high school theaters in the state. This is one. Actors are always happy to be in a space like this. This is a chance to illustrate: whatever you do, you can come back and share it.” Poet and educator Frank X Walker talking to area students visiting Danville Independent High School during performances as part of a literary festival that bears his name. From the Danville Advocate-Messenger. Click here for full story
“The funding school districts receive from Frankfort for each student has not been effectively increased since 2007. Kentucky is the only state in the nation not to have a per-pupil increase since the recession. Despite flat-lining state funding, the cost of educating our students does not. The price of teachers’ salaries and benefits, utilities, transportation, supplies, building maintenance and food has risen in the past nine years, but the money Frankfort sends to the districts has not. We look for every penny to pinch while knowing what we will get from Frankfort will not be sufficient. Under these circumstances, when our representatives in Frankfort refuse to lead, our local school boards must.” Matt Wyatt, chairman of the Elizabethtown Independent Board of Education, on the board’s decision to raise the property tax rate this year. From the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise. Click here for full story

“We felt like it meant more to Morgan and it would make her happier than it ever could any of us.” East Carter High School student Erika Fraley, a member of the homecoming court that unanimously and successfully supported the queen candidacy of senior Morgan Jones, a student well-known for her handling of multiple disabilities. From the Ashland The IndependentClick here for full story

“We need to continue to hit on the fact that Kentucky public education is not fully funded. When you have to find creative ways (like fundraisers) to fund the basic things, it’s preposterous. We’re not offering Olympic pools in every school. We’re covering basic needs. We’re not asking for a Cadillac. A good Chevrolet will do. We’re supposed to see a free public education in Kentucky, but I don’t see anything free.” Daviess County Board of Education member Thomas Payne during a discussion about the impact of inadequate state funding for K-12 schools. From the Owensboro Messenger-InquirerClick here for full story

“As a parent, I’m 99 percent for it. As board attorney, I’m 99 percent against it.” Mercer County school board attorney Hadden Dean during a discussion in which the board tabled a proposal to allow parents or other designated adults to transport students to school-sponsored activities. From the Harrodsburg HeraldClick here for full story

“This is really unbelievable. Anything we can do to save energy is also a benefit to the environment and we’re hoping that we can turn this into a learning opportunity for students, about being environmentally conscious and the importance of saving energy. When we’re not using things, everyone has been really good about shutting them off. They make sure that during long breaks – summer or winter break – things like refrigerators that aren’t being used are being unplugged, which has made a big difference.” Middlesboro Independent Schools Superintendent Steve Martin on his district’s selection for ENERGY STAR certification for Superior Energy Efficiency from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. From the Middlesboro Daily NewsClick here for full story
“I am always inspired when I visit a classroom and see a teacher singing and dancing when teaching reading or having students play percussion instruments while reading poetry. Research shows that students who participate in arts learning experiences score better on tests, earn higher grade point averages and demonstrate increased collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. At each of our off-site board meetings, our students perform for the community and our board. It is always my favorite part of the board meeting. When you see our tiniest students engaged in the arts and performing intricate pieces of music with precision – it is inspiring and gratifying to see the opportunities we have available in our schools and in our community.” Jefferson County Board of Education member Diane Porter in an op-ed article about National Arts in Education Week in October. From the Louisville Courier-Journal. Click here for full story

“She said that she loved to watch me cheer, dance, sing and play-fight with my dog. I help her with everything and she appreciates it. I wanted to cry tears of joy.” Luisa Carbajal, a ninth-grader at the Apex Academy alternative school in Anderson County, on Principal Steve Swank’s project to have parents write brief notes expressing support for students to do well academically. From the Lawrenceburg Anderson News. Click here for full story

“It gives you a chance to watch the teachers – how they interact with their students, what they try to accomplish ... just how well she connected with the kids at each issue that each student has.”
Barbara Smith, a special programs associate with Bowling Green Independent Schools, on being one of 16 central office staff who spent a day at a district school to get more familiar with the day-to-day activities at the building level. From the Bowling Green Daily News. Click here for full story

“That’s something we’ve been trying to do for a while. I did have several people come up and congratulate us on it, saying that they were glad to see someone from this end of the state up there. We’ve had years where we’ve been third, then fourth – still very high. You always hoped, though, to be the best. Well, it happened this year.” Murray Independent Schools Superintendent Bob Rogers after his district earned the highest scores in the state on this year’s K-PREP assessments. From the Murray Ledger & Times. Click here for full story

“We are elated.” Fleming County Schools Superintendent Brian Creasman after his district earned its first-ever Distinguished status in the state accountability system. From the Maysville Ledger-Independent. Click here for full story
“I know there is an objective to have a plan in place by summertime. We currently have four soccer teams playing on only one real soccer field and they are aware of the potential expansion we have discussed about using the field for lacrosse as well. It is the third or fourth fastest-growing sport in the country and I think we would have some interest from our students and community about that potential.” Berea Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Hogg on talks with city government about a proposed renovation of a local sports stadium. From the Richmond Register. Click here for full story
“We have evidence that the hiring practices of Paducah Independent Schools are not fair or equitable, and we demand an outside investigation be made and that hiring practices and people be changed.” Pastor Alfred Anderson during a Paducah Independent school board meeting during which the board and administrators discussed recruitment of minority educator candidates. From the Paducah Sun. Click here for full story

“If you have any information you want to pass on to our superintendent or our board attorney, you are welcome to do so, and we will review it and take your recommendation and request under advisement. We’ll always strive for fairness and excellence in our administrators, teachers and our hiring practices, and we’ll always investigate any problems that are brought before us, thoroughly.” Paducah Independent Board of Education Chairman Carl LeBuhn in response. From the Paducah Sun. Click here for full story
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