Monday, January 09, 2012

Visiting the Troops

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will act as a temporary, unpaid employee of the Murray Independent school system on Wednesday, January 11.

The school district was the winner of the “Extra Holliday” item offered by the Kentucky School Public Relations Association (KYSPRA) during a silent auction at its Fall Institute last September. The win entitled the school district to Commissioner Holliday’s presence for an entire day, with an agenda of district personnel’s choosing.

Murray Independent Superintendent Bob Rogers and school leaders established a day-long itinerary that includes stints at the preschool and elementary, middle and high schools in the district.

Holliday’s activities will include bus duty, music class, lunch with 6th graders and a district leadership team meeting.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Holliday. “One of my goals as commissioner is to visit every school district in the state. These visits keep me connected to the real work happening in our schools, and my day at Murray Independent will provide valuable insights.”

Media outlet representatives are invited to a forum at Murray Elementary from 7:30 to 8 a.m. CT on Jan. 11. Holliday will be on hand to answer questions and as a special guest on Tiger Cub News, the school’s news program. Holliday also will be available at 4:30 p.m. CT at the Murray Board Office to meet with media representatives.


(All times are Central.)

7 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Murray Elementary, 111 Broach Avenue

10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Murray Middle, 801 Main Street

12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Murray Preschool Headstart, 208 South 13th Street

1:20 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Murray High, 501 Doran Road

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Murray Independent School District Board Office, 208 South 13th Street

SOURCE: KDE press release


Anonymous said...

Brilliant! I am so proud to be a Kentuckian.

This is a commissioner who will take Kentucky where we need to go. I'm mesmerized by his reforms....

Anonymous said...

I am proud to be a Kentuckian but not mesmerized by our commissioner or "his reforms".

All of our legislators are meeting in Frankfort and developing more educational regulations which including advertising on buses in order to make up for their inability to adequately fund education (I thougth we painted them yellow for visability) and the criminalization for testing fraud (which in current investigation and application form apparently doesn't even require proof of individual cheating, as in Perry County, in order to be found guilty). Instead, during this important time, our commissioner is engaged in a PR stunt 200 miles away.

I see KDE and its leader unable to effectively create, give professional development support or implement assessment instruments or curriculum, much less oversee Kentucky education. Instead KDE and our commisioner are continuing to impose more expectations on teachers without adequate funding while spending our tax dollars on out of state contractors who want to sell a one size fits all package to all 50 states.