Whitesburg KY

Jenkins board wants parents’ help

Officials with the Jenkins Independent Schools have enlisted parents to serve in a partnership role with educators to help students achieve their educational goals and improve their test scores.

Jenkins High School Principal David Lee told the Jenkins School Board that parents had been invited to meet with school staff and administrators to look at the recent test scores, which were among the worst in Kentucky, and work on cooperative efforts to raise student success levels.

Lee told the board that teachers and administrators had spent two days going over the scores and setting goals with students before they met with 70 parents. Lee said everyone worked to develop insights on the test scores in the “Soaring to Proficiency” plan. Every teacher will have a growth goal for students in each area. He said the plan will give teachers a way to monitor each student’s progress and measure it as the school year progresses.

Superintendent Freddie Bowling said that parental involvement is very important to student success and to the success of the entire system. Bowling said the system needs a strong partnership with parents and he wants the community to feel like they are part of the school system. Lee agreed and said that setting goals is a key to success.

In other business, the board learned that overall attendance is up almost one percentage point over last year, to 94.25 percent. The kindergarten had the high attendance for the month, with 95 percent, and every grade in the system had over 90 percent attendance.

Technology Director Damian Johnson told the board that every classroom at Burdine Elementary now has a “SMARTBoard” interactive white board installed and that most classes in the middle high school have one as well. He said he has spent a lot of the recent technology grant on software programs and new hardware and he is trying to get it all installed and running.

Johnson estimated that he has run 5,500 feet of wire in the new technology center at Burdine Elementary and added that he also purchased new audiovisual equipment. He said the new AV equipment includes digital cameras and a “green screen” for production of videos. The Student Technology Leadership Program will be working on new video carts and doing video productions for its website. The STLP team will participate in a tech expo at Pikeville Exposition Center.

Financial Director Candala Gibson reported that the general fund balance stood at $588,610.52. Auditor Matt Shackleford of Cloyd and Associates of Corbin and London reported on the current audit and said that it presents a clean (unmodified) opinion. There are no issues and he added that the system had provided all information that was requested in a timely manner. Shackleford added that the food service budget has a positive balance and is in good shape and the entire district is in good financial shape with no “findings” of issues. Board Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. said the Jenkins System has always operated on a good financial footing.

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