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Kentucky School Advocate
June 2019 
Photo courtesy of Hazard Independent Schools “What is kind of unique about our program compared to other high school extracurricular activities, is that Hazard’s theater is entirely student run and student led. Our kids learned what it means to problem solve and collaborate, and ultimately, that led to them putting on a really good production and bringing together a really good team.” ­– Luke Glaser, Hazard (Ind.) High School teacher and theater faculty adviser about the production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The play was chosen and designed by students who also paid for the production through fundraisers. From the Hazard Herald (Photo courtesy of Hazard Independent Schools)

“We cannot have a strong school system without a strong community and we cannot have a strong community without a strong school system. Overall, this decision will continue to strengthen both our community and our school system as we move into the future.” ­– Matt Thompson, Montgomery County superintendent on the school board’s decision to buy the Clay Community Center for $800,000 which will allow the district to have its central office under one roof. From the Mount Sterling Advocate
Dennis Davis “We are always looking at the latest research for ways to improve our safe school system. We are replacing every public address system in the district to allow any staff member to be able to call for a lock down and adding a safety vestibule to the intermediate school.” ­– Dennis Davis (left), Mercer County Schools superintendent on changes planned for the district he has led for eight years. From the Harrodsburg Herald 

“This product is so addictive and prevalent, we’re at the point where when we go to the schools we’re not talking about prevention as much as we are cessation, even at the middle school age.” ­– Kerri Verden, Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program manager testifying before the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee about the rise of e-cigarettes and vaping. From LRC public information 
Photo courtesy of Caverna Independent Schools “I wanted to let them plant some vegetables so that they will understand where their food comes from. I hope it shows them that we’re here and willing to help them, and that they can depend on us.” ­– Joey Judd, Cave City police officer and school resource officer at Caverna (Ind.) Elementary School who helped students plant vegetables and flowers in raised garden beds at the school. From the Glasgow Daily Times (Photo courtesy of Caverna Independent Schools)

“We are asking for the commissioner and the state board of education to adopt a new rule, a new paradigm that would place parental rights above the rights of the other constituents in this system.” ­– James Golden, Pineville Independent school board chairman on the district’s appeal of the education commissioner’s decision to allow a one-for-one student exchange with Bell County, which is also appealing the ruling. From the Middlesboro Daily News 
Danny Adkins “We will continue to do what’s best for the students of Floyd County, to serve them as best we can. And I feel like we do an excellent job of that.” ­– Danny Adkins (left), Floyd County superintendent on the Prestonsburg mayor’s decision to form a task force to examine creating an independent school district. From WYMT-TV, Hazard 

“You’re getting elementary needs met. And, you’re getting high school needs met, to a certain extent.” ­– Melissa Knight, Marion County Schools Local Planning Committee member on the new facilities plan that includes adding an eighth and ninth grade wing to the high school, closing Lebanon Elementary and a major renovation to Calvary Elementary School. From the Lebanon Enterprise
Marganna Stanley “Principals being the leader in school buildings have the most impact in terms of student achievement. They learn about themselves and how to lead and how to communicate that to their staff.” ­– Marganna Stanley (right), Henderson County superintendent on two of the district’s principals being among the 40 in this year’s graduating class of the Leadership Institute for School Principals, a program of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation. From the Henderson Gleaner 

“They told us we have a skeleton that works well, but we have to add meat to it. One of the improvement priorities is to improve the way we collect and analyze data. But they are leaving the design of the program to us.” ­– Charlene Ball, Covington Independent assistant superintendent on the school board vote to use Jim Shipley and Associates for school turnaround at Holmes Middle School, which was designated as needing Comprehensive Support and Improvement. From the River City News, Covington
Diane Hatchett “We aren't a one-size-fits-all district, nor are we a system of schools within a building. We are a school system that takes great pride P-12 in being a community of leaders and learners. Hiring two principals now is what in my opinion is best for kids.” ­– Diane Hatchett, Berea Independent superintendent on the board of education’s decision to have a principal for the middle school and a principal for the high school in the district. From The Richmond Register
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