Saturday, October 31, 2009

School News from Around Kentucky

Mountjoy resigns education secretary post: Helen MountjoyKentucky Education Secretary Helen Mountjoy has resigned her position effective Nov. 30, citing a long commute from her home in Owensboro and a desire to spend more time with her family, Gov. Steve Beshear’s office announced Wednesday. Mountjoy will continue to serve as Beshear’s point person on the recently appointed Transforming Education in Kentucky (TEK) task force. (Bluegrass Politics)

Bill would protect funding for schools hit hard by flu: A proposal backed by Senate President David Williams that would keep flu outbreaks from affecting school district funding could be fast-tracked in the opening days of the legislative session that begins Jan. 5.
Although some school superintendents had not yet seen the bill, which Williams pre-filed on Friday, many said any move to keep the cash-strapped districts from losing money would be welcomed. (Bluegrass Politics)

Ex-teacher withdraws guilty plea - Former teacher withdraws guilty plea in Lynne Maner case: Former teacher Roberta Blackwell Walter on Friday withdrew her guilty plea stemming from an allegation that she raped and molested a 15-year-old Fayette County high school student more than 30 years ago. What followed was a fireworks show of how American jurisprudence works.Walter had reconsidered her guilty plea after Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael Jr. insisted on jail time despite a prosecutor's recommendation of probation. (Herald-Leader)

‘Celebration of a legacy’ - Jessamine Board honors Royse, dedicates East Middle: Herbert H. “Pete” Royse Jr. started helping build schools in Jessamine County in the 1960s when, as an assistant superintendent, he convinced the superintendent of the school board to buy more than 80 acres of land off Wilmore Road. Jessamine Junior High opened on the property in 1971 and later became East Jessamine Middle School — the first school Pete Royse built. Sunday afternoon, Jessamine County Schools honored Royse at the dedication of the new East Jessamine Middle School — the last school Pete Royse built. Royse died in May. (Jessamine Journal)

Electronic Lunch - New BGHS cell phone policy decreassing office referrals: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Check. Apple. Check. Chocolate milk. Check.iPhone. Check. There’s a new food group added to the lunch of Bowling Green High School that has drastically chewed into the number of office referrals caused by cell phones.The school has taken an unprecedented step in allowing students to brown bag their cell phones and MP3 players and use them during their 30-minute lunch period to offset the “need” to use them during class. (Bowling Green Daily News)

Stumbo’s budget suggestion doesn’t fly with Superintendent: At Thursday night’s meeting of the Trigg County Board of Education, Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis expressed his anger about comments that were recently made by Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo. McGinnis told board members that Stumbo had stated that legislators might need to take money from the contingency funds of local school boards in order to balance the state’s budget. “I think it’s ridiculous, I think it’s absurd … it’s hard for me to comprehend [how anyone would] entertain that possibility,” McGinnis said. (Cadiz Record)

Parents voice viewing concerns: Some Scott County High School parents are trying to find out if showing R-rated movies in classrooms is breaking the law by contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The heated debate took place Thursday night in the school’s library regarding controversial movies between the Site Based Decision Making Council, parents and teachers. A concerned mother of five, Karen Roark, said she does not agree with the movies shown in class and received information from an e-mail stating that showing the R-rated movies to students under 17 may be against the law...However, some teachers asserted the movies they show, regardless of their rating, are for educational use only. “The Holocaust was not G-rated,” English teacher Lynn Fiechter said. (News Graphic by way of KSBA)

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