Clay Students to Get Leg Up

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Clay County students will soon be seeing the benefits of a federal program that is designed to improve educational achievement and healthy development.

Clay County’s Federal Program Coordinator Susan Burgan told the members of the school board Monday night that Clay, Jackson and Owsley counties are to receive assistance through Berea College for a $30 million Promise Neighborhood Grant.

Burgan said that an academic specialist will be in each of the elementary schools, and a college coach will be in the high school.

Superintendent Reecia Samples said that the positions would soon be posted.  The jobs will be in the schools, but the people will be employees of Berea.


Included in the program is after-school tutoring at the elementary schools.  Even high and middle school students will be able to take advantage of the tutoring at those schools.

Also included are early intervention programs and a health initiative.

Burgan said that more than 200 organizations in 45 states applied for the grants, but only five were funded.

Berea’s grant is the only one of the five to serve a rural area.  The other four serve major metropolitan areas.

Mark Shriver, senior vice president of U.S. Programs for Save the Children, said in a press release, “Lon-lasting change for kids living in poverty is only possible if we consider the communities in which they live.  A brighter future for Kentucky means ensuring a brighter future for Kentucky’s kids.  We’re thrilled to partner in the Promise Neighborhood with Berea College and other community based organizations to make change for Kentucky’ kids.”

Also during Monday night’s regular meeting, the board’s members were recognized for their service.

A draft budget for the 2012-2013 school year was adopted.

The board accepted back some surplus property (a dwelling house) at Laurel Creek.  The original buyer, Joey Burns, told the board that he is unable to purchase the land.  It will now be sold at auction

The board approved the schedule for presentations of school improvement plans.  They are to begin at the next monthly board meeting.

A Title 1 instructional assistant position was created at Manchester Elementary.

The non-resident contracts with surrounding school districts were approved.

Concerning personnel, the termination of a teacher, Billy D. Griffin, was announced.  Also three people retired.  They are Rhennie Jones, Jimmy Lyttle and Malvery Harris.

New hires are: Kayla Barger as an instruction assistant/change coordinator at Manchester Elementary, Jo Ann Ray as an instructional assistant at Manchester Elementary, Sherry Boggs as an instruction assistant at Goose Rock Elementary, Brittany Collett as a secretary at Paces Creek Elementary and Pamela Crawford as a reading interventionist at Clay County Middle.

Samples also said that an adult education position needs to be filled.

The board entered executive session to discuss personnel.

After the session, Board Member “Cookie” Hensen said that prayers are “more than welcome” at athletic events.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:47


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