People Are Talking

People Are Talking

People Are Talking

Kentucky School Advocate
May 2016
Note: To read the complete stories these quotes appeared in, click the link following each quote.
"I was so disappointed. It didn’t look like I’d be a part of it. I just never envisioned they’d do a whole graduation ceremony. It was the most wonderful moment they could have given me.” Chris Gohranson, a foster parent living with rapidly advancing cancer, on a special graduation event staged by Burgin Independent Schools for her son, Jeremiah. From the Harrodsburg Herald. Click here for full story
“The one thing that really amazes me more and more is, you hear, ‘extra,’ ‘paying off,’ ‘recognition’ and ‘teachers.’ It’s really unheard of, how many teachers and children are excited to put in the extra time.” Spencer County Board of Education member Bart Stark on the long list of achievements beyond regular classroom teaching and learning recognized at a recent board meeting. From the Taylorsville Spencer Magnet. Click here for full story

“We try to involve as many different kids as possible. You always have some kids who are natural lead-ers who are already involved in a lot of things, so we’re trying to include kids who are not usually in-volved. We have a good group who seem to be excited. It’s giving them some responsibility and mak-ing them feel important.” Central Elementary School (Lewis County) Principal Stacy Kidwell on her school’s use of a materials recycling program to build leadership skills among students. From the Maysville Ledger-IndependentClick here for full story

“It’s good for kids. Kindergarten readiness is a huge focus in our preschool program. The additional time will be devoted in working with students in individual and small groups. We will work on academic skills, along with the social and emotional needs of the students. The goal is to close the gaps for the students so they can start on an equal playing field.” Heather Clay, director of student instructional services for Grant County Schools, on the district’s decision to offer all-day preschool in all elementary buildings starting this fall. From the Williamstown Grant County NewsClick here for full story

“It’s going to cost us $40 million to upgrade our facilities. The only way for the foreseeable future that we can do this is by segregating funds with the nickel tax. Is this a plan of last resort? Yes. We are at that point. We are at that point to take a drastic measure. If we can do the nickel now, we can fix our facilities problems. I will not support another tax raise for the next three years if we can get this done this year.” Marion County Board of Education member Kaelin Reed in support of the board’s passing of a nickel facilities tax. From the Lebanon EnterpriseClick here for full story

“What we’re seeing is that apparently drivers in the opposite lane don’t realize that they have to stop when there are less than four lanes. We urge everyone to understand that Kentucky law says unless there are four lanes or more, traffic has to stop in all directions for school buses that have activated their stop lights and equipment.” Edmonson County Schools Transportation Director Lannie Deweese on a joint district/law enforcement bus traffic safety effort that coincides with external cameras being installed on buses. From the Brownsville Edmonson VoiceClick here for full story

“We love our teachers at CMS! 100% teacher attendance the day before spring break!”
Tweet posted on Carrithers Middle School’s (Jefferson County) Twitter page celebrating that all faculty members were at work on a day when the district had an abnormally high 703 teacher absences. From WDRB-TV in Louisville. Click here for full story

“I’m not sure the definition is going to help us. I wish we had something that would stop bullying. Our administrators, our counselors and our teachers have all been through training not only to keep it from happening but also be able to recognize it quickly. We try to build relationships with kids so they know they can talk to an adult if they feel like they’re being harassed or bullied.” Owensboro Independent Schools Chief Operating Officer David Johnson on passage of legislation to set a statewide definition of bullying for schools. From the Owensboro Messenger-InquirerClick here for full story

“I am an advocate of teaching our youth how to better prepare themselves for life. While math and English are very important, managing one’s finances is essential for our students to become contributing citizens to our society. Because of my class, it’s been wonderful hearing how students have decided to make sound financial decisions with their money, as opposed to spending it frivolously.”
Franklin County High School teacher Aimee Wilson on the value of personal finance classes, although a bill to mandate such courses failed in the 2016 legislature. From the Frankfort State JournalClick here for full story
“Build a first-class high school because our kids and our county deserves it, and to become a distinguished school district. Those are my two main goals and everything we do is going to be driven by that.” Martin County Schools Superintendent Larry James (right) setting out his top priorities as he began his new job last month. From WYMT-TV in Hazard. Click here for full story
“I want a student to deserve an A, not a B that looks like an A.” Nelson County Board of Education Chairperson Diane Berry on an adjustment in the district’s grading scale designed to allow students to be more competitive for KEES scholarships. From the Bardstown Kentucky Standard. Click here for full story

“The board members are to be commended for the openness of this process. As you might expect, teachers and other school staff members took the greatest advantage of the afternoon forums. In general, the community demonstrated very little interest. This is disappointing because there is a lot riding on this hire. If the Hardin County community cares as much as we often attest, the four candi-dates should not have seen any empty seats during these public meetings. Some high school baseball games have better attendance.” Portions of an editorial on the just-completed Hardin County school board’s superintendent search. From the Elizabethtown News-EnterpriseClick here for full story

“It’s basically a year-long interview with the kids. When kids see a plant manager or human resources director come here – that’s powerful.” Warren County Area Technology Center Principal Eric Keeling on “Mentoring Mondays,” during which local business professionals regularly meet with students. From the Bowling Green Daily NewsClick here for full story
“I was fascinated by this project. I thought it was great ‘real world.’ There are artists that get paid big bucks to design golf courses.” Boyle County High School art teacher Carrie Snow on the collaboration between her students and those in the school’s agriculture construction class to build a miniature golf course on the campus. From the Danville Advocate-Messenger. Click here for full story
“When a student does something right, we want to recognize it and give them some sort of positive feedback. And when they do cross a line or break a rule, really our goal is to correct the behavior. The goal is not to punish the child. You try to keep it positive, try to get the behavior corrected, and then try not to interrupt student learning.” Paducah Independent Middle School Principal Stacey Overlin on his school’s approach to dealing with student behavior problems while avoiding out-of-school suspension. From the Paducah SunClick here for full story

“It really takes balance. We’ve made a concerted effort to only suspend kids when we truly have to. It’s a last resort. We want to make sure we can discipline kids while still providing instruction. We don’t want these kids to fall behind. And we try to recognize when kids do great things. We can tend to focus on the negative too much sometimes.” McCracken County High School Principal Michael Ceglinski on a similar approach to the same issue. From the Paducah SunClick here for full story
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