Parent workshop set at BCHS
CANNONSBURG - A free workshop to explain changes in state education standards will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Boyd County High School.
The workshop, titled “What Parents and Communities Need to Know: Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards,” will help parents and community members support the revised student expectations and testing system.
Implementing the new system will help schools transition to a more rigorous education. The new standards focus on preparing students for college and careers at every stage of education.
Forward in the Fifth, the Prichard Committee and the Kentucky Parent Teacher Association are sponsoring the workshop.
The program includes a light meal and door prizes. Registration is required to ensure adequate seating and materials. Register at fif.org or by calling Norma Meek at (606) 928-4141.
Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization and an affiliate of the Center for Rural Development, was formed in 1986 by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, R-5th, and other leaders to work to reverse low educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District.
Russell to honor Hanner Saturday
RUSSELL - Russell High School will honor Tim Hanner, a class of 1978 graduate, for his recent induction into the Russell High School Hall of Fame.
Hanner was unable to attend the September ceremony and will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s boys varsity basketball game against Rowan County at Marvin Meredith Gymnasium. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.
Hanner is a former Russell athlete, teacher and coach. He retired last year as superintendent of Kenton County schools. In 2010, Hanner was named Kentucky Superintendent of the Year.
As superintendent, Hanner established the Kenton County Success Academy, a Professional Practices Rubric and focused on the district’s three goals to ensure quality education in every classroom, every day. Hanner is also the founder of Hanner’s Heroes, a district organization made up of more than 700 students who mentor and coach younger students in reading.
Parent workshop set at BCHS
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State education investigators were scheduled to arrive in the Fairview school district this morning to interview school officials.
Superintendent Bill Musick on Wednesday confirmed that two teams of investigators from the state Office of Educational Accountability will interview him and other officials.
Others to be interviewed include school board members, council members of Fairview High and Fairview Middle schools, finance director Ernie Sharp and pupil personnel director Brant Creech.
Interviews will be conducted at the high school and the middle school.
The nature of the inquiry is unclear, because the OEA doesn’t release information on its investigations other than final reports.
Musick said the OEA hadn’t told him what the investigation is about. “I don’t know a single question they’re going to ask,” he said. He said such visits are “not unusual.”
Other sources say complaints have been lodged with the OEA about a number of irregularities, and that the OEA will examine Musick’s status and whether the board acted illegally in February when it rescinded its acceptance of his resignation.
Musick had announced his retirement and tendered his resignation in the wake of a separate investigation by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association that penalized the district for using an ineligible player in 2012 and 2013.
Musick said then that he was ready for retirement but later said he had had a change of heart and asked the board to reconsider his resignation.
The Kentucky Department of Education’s legal department said the rehiring was illegal but the finding doesn’t have any enforcement power and the school board has not taken any further action.
MIKE JAMES can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2652.
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