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Jay Simmons


2011 Magna Award Winner given by National School Boards Association and Sodexo for PALS program
Two PEAK awards (Public Education Achieves in KY) from the KSBA – PALs & 4 Rivers Scholarship Foundation
Earned District Accreditation in 2011 from Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools (AdvancED). This required meeting 7 standards that impact student achievement beginning with a self-reporting process and concluded with a review visit from AdvancED. Report is posted on the district website.
Instructional activities:
Major focus is the implementation of SB1 (Senate Bill 1) which includes new state testing, curriculum, and certified evaluation system
Big testing differences included continued importance of ACT, PLAN, Explore. End of course exams given at the high school for several classes including Alg. II. Eng. II, Biology
District is involved in piloting the new teacher evaluation system. Each principal is evaluating 1 teacher using the new model which includes more emphasis on student achievement and increased stakeholder feedback.
Teachers and principals attend monthly state department trainings to prepare for the new system.
High school students are earning college credits both on campus and attending classes at WKCTC and MSU.
Current Phase 1 of the elementary renovation is the cafeteria/kitchen project with some infrastructure items with a total cost about 4 million
Planning for Phase 2 of the elementary project will begin at the completion of phase 1and is expected to gut and completely renovate the elementary school projected to be about a 3 million dollar project
Lights for the baseball and softball fields is about a 200k project with a 25 year warranty that includes the company replacing burned out lights.
Updated lighting for the middle and high schools was about a 64k project and expects to reduce electric costs by about $8000 annually.
In the latest issue of KSBA Advocate, we are listed in the top 10 districts with the least amount of energy used.
Total: 851 Free/Reduced Lunch: 56%
Preschool: 74 Elementary: 356
Middle School : 186 High School: 235

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