People Are Talking

People Are Talking

People Are Talking

People Are Talking
Kentucky School Advocate
April 2016
"I would say that that’s pretty accurate. While we are very appreciative of SEEK and the health of it being held constant, the way school funding works is, especially with these other programs that we are going to have to see cuts in, if a school or district decides they want to keep a school resource officer, but yet safe schools (funding) has been cut, they’ve got to pull money from their general fund, which comes from SEEK. When you start to comingle all of those different funding sources, you have to make some priority decisions. I appreciate the fact that SEEK is held constant, but, yes, from an overall perspective, our districts will see a hit from this budget.” Commissioner of Education Stephen L. Pruitt in response to a legislator’s question on whether K-12 school programs are held harmless in Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget plan for the 2016-18 biennium. From the Frankfort KSBA eNews Service.
“Gov. Matt Bevin has stated his proposed cuts to education are a mere ‘9 cents’ on every dollar. Framing these cuts in this way could lead one to believe that only ‘pennies’ are being cut from our children. This is far from the truth. The impact of the proposed cuts will directly impact our ability to educate and support our children. All students in Kentucky will lose services if these cuts are approved, and these ‘9-cent’ cuts to services for children will add up to millions of dollars.” Portions of an op-ed article by Dayton Independent Schools Superintendent Jay Brewer, detailing the program-by-program impact of the governor’s proposed budget. From the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“The approval of the nickel tax would create an additional source for funding for the district which would benefit students in the district; therefore, the expenditures were for the purposes of common school education.” Letter from the state Office of Education Accountability (OEA) explaining its determination rejecting a complaint claiming that Henderson County Schools misused public funds to promote passage last November of a nickel facilities tax. From the Henderson Gleaner.
“This is not optimum, but we looked, and I always look, to do what we can to reduce costs in our office before we do anything that directly affects students. It’s fallen to the local (districts) to pick up what the state hasn’t picked up as far as education. We have to try and cope, not knowing what to expect exactly, so this is our best guess. We have to be responsible and do the best we can to continue serving our students with the limited resources that we have.” Jessamine County Schools Superintendent Kathy Fields on her proposal to reduce central office spending by $800,000 and cut 10 positions next year as part of planning the 2016-17 budget. From the Nicholasville Jessamine Journal.
“Having a higher percentage of our teachers living in Carroll County will be better for our students and better for our community. However, the truth is that good teachers are very valuable, and we have to work to make our district and our community competitive. Teachers who live in the community help everyone. They are more likely to support local businesses, bank locally and participate in the community’s civic organizations. Also, they are more likely to stay with us for many years, which means that our students reap the benefits of the top-notch training that we provide to our faculty.” Carroll County Schools Superintendent Bill Hogan on a campaign to attract and retain more teachers to work and live in the district. From the Carrollton News-Democrat.

“It means we need to keep pressing on with what we’re doing. We’ve changed a lot of what we were doing. In the past, when I first started teaching, questions were low-level. Now, the students are more engaged. We’re asking them, ‘How are you going to use this outside of school?,’ things that will make them think and discuss. Sometimes they argue, but I’m there as a coach to keep them on topic and on track. It’s working to keep them interested.” Simons Middle School (Fleming County) eighth-grade math teacher Brett Lawson reflecting on his school’s one-year rise from a state rating of needs improvement to proficient. From the Maysville Ledger-Independent.

“We can technically have a computer for every kid in the classroom. The programs will address their individual needs. The money for this project came from funds we had allocated for a program like this. Last spring we outlined our plan for totally revamping our computer networking system, and since then we have put in over 370 new devices, including desktops, laptops, and wireless items. This mobile lab program was part of that network renovation for our schools to make them equal to or above any school in the area.” Ludlow Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Borchers on the start-up of a mobile technology lab in his district’s two schools. From the Covington River City News.
“We’re going to teach you things like how to read drawings, engineering drawings, how to assemble parts, how to ensure quality is right every time on a product that’s being made, how to operate some of the machinery we’re going to talk about here in a minute. How to use those tools to develop your experience base, so that when you walk off the street, you’re not just Joe Smith, high school grad, but you’re Joe Smith, two-year experienced manufacturing technician.” Clark Materials Vice President of Operations Chuck Mix to Woodford County High School students on his firm’s support for the school’s manufacturing program. From the Versailles Woodford Sun.

“They can’t complain if they choose the menu.” Monroe County Schools Food Services Director Tony Harlan on a tasting event in which high school students tried out foods from several vendors, with the results to be used in choosing items for future cafeteria meal options. From the Tompkinsville Monroe County Citizen.

“This is a small town. I talked to the CEO of Topix, he’s not from a small town. He couldn’t fathom why it’s such an issue around here.” Ashland Police Sgt. and Cyber Crime Unit Director Ryan Conley on how his agency is attempting to reduce cyberbullying by reporting insults involving students to moderators at the popular social media site. From the Ashland The Independent.

“Plant that seed: ‘Don’t do anything crazy here.’”
Simpson County Schools Superintendent Jim Flynn on one goal of a $61,000 project to install night vision cameras at each school in his district. From WBKO-TV in Bowling Green.

“The teachers were asked to pick up and move out and two days later be ready to teach. It was a lot of people working really hard and we didn’t miss a beat.” Fort Thomas Independent Schools Facilities Management Director Jerry Wissman on staff work to ensure minimal interruption in classroom learning during a $19 million renovation of Moyer Elementary School. From the Fort Mitchell Community Press & Recorder.
“We’re fired up to see how we’re gonna do. We tried to put a lot of emphasis on it. I had some students share with me that they were really hoping to score well this time around because of the sense of urgency. Some students take the test four or five times, but for some of them, they feel like this is really important because it’s the time that it’s free.” Barren County High School Principal Brad Johnson on some of the efforts made at his school – from a pep rally to a pancake breakfast – to encourage juniors to do well on last month’s ACT exam. From the Glasgow Daily Times.
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