Friday, May 15, 2009

School News from Around Kentucky

Madison County eliminates 32 teaching jobs: The Madison County School District has eliminated 32 certified teaching positions to prepare for a budget shortfall for the 2009-2010 school year.Aside from the 32 eliminated teaching positions (two of which are teachers who are retiring and will not be replaced), 12 teachers were transferred to different schools, with some being assigned to teach in areas that differ from their former subject. (Richmond Register)

State has few options in dealing with budget hole: Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday he will wait for a revenue forecast from the Consensus Forecasting Group before making any decision on calling a special session. (Commonwealth Journal)

Rowan County Plan would split Siblings: McBrayer Elementary students whose siblings have not yet enrolled in school will be allowed to attend school at McBrayer, school officials said.The Rowan County Board of Education had proposed to change district lines. As a result, those siblings would have to enroll at Clearfield Elementary. There are 77 more students than there is room for at McBrayer. Ninety students who are enrolled at McBrayer do not live in the McBrayer district. (Morehead News)

Auburn & S. Oldham Named Middle Schools to Watch: Seventy-nine exemplary middle-grades schools in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia have been named “Schools to Watch” as part of an eighteen state recognition and school improvement program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Having established partnerships with education leaders in these states, the Forum today announced the names of schools in each state that meet its strict criteria. In Kentucky: Auburn School – Auburn, KY; South Oldham Middle School - Crestwood, KY (Center for Middle School Academic Achievement)
Legislators accuse KHSAA of acting 'above the law' on athlete transfers: Lawmakers faced off with Kentucky High School Athletic Association officials Tuesday, saying the KHSAA had made decisions that were not good for Kentucky's children and had acted as if the agency is above the law. The issue that riled several members of the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee was KHSAA's policy of penalizing or threatening to punish schools that follow a circuit judge's order against a KHSAA ruling. (H-L)
Board of Education, KHSAA agree to policy change: Under pressure from lawmakers, the Kentucky Board of Education agreed Wednesday to change a controversial KHSAA policy regarding court orders. The move means that high school officials no longer have to be afraid of penalties or warnings from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association when they allow athletes to compete because of a judge's order. (H-L)
OpEd - State's view change not proper one: It won’t be a total disaster. Attendance will probably not be as bad as local officials fear. But the state Department of Education’s decision to change an initial decision reached last May is a slap in the face to local board members. By virtue of an April 24 decision, Bullitt County public school students will be in the classrooms on June 3. This is one more day than the amended calendar called for after wind and ice storms. Faced with possibly losing $400,000 in state funding, school officials had to agree. (Pioneer News)

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