The Letcher County Board of Education is expected to make a decision next week on the question of whether the board should change the structure of its elementary and middle schools to help cut operating costs.
At its November meeting, the board was presented with a packet of questions, concerns and minutes of meetings held so far from the seven teams made up of parents, teachers, school administrators, board members and community members considering whether elementary students should begin attending classes in separate schools from middle school students.
The reports list recommendations and concerns about transportation, curriculum, facilities, and teacher staffing and is available at www.letcher.k12. ky.us/.
The transportation committee recommended new boundary lines if the board decides to designate some schools for kindergarten through fifth-grade students and other schools for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.
The curriculum committee suggested that all schools are expected to provide quality education regardless of the school make up or location. The committee also concluded that all schools are provided teachers and administrators that are specifically prepared and committed to working with particular age groups and understand unique needs and opportunities of young adolescents.
The personnel committee suggested an advanced fine arts and career development staff be placed at the middle school sites.
The transition committee concluded that parents, students and staff are mostly concerned about boundary lines if redistricting were to occur. The committee suggested an orientation for students and staff at new schools.
The facilities and technology committee decided that by using Neon, Letcher and Whitesburg middle schools there is no need for new school buildings.
The communications committee created a plan to inform parents about the restructuring plan.
The extracurricular team looked at the different academic and athletic activities offered at each school.
The board will look over the reports prepared by the seven committees and will make a decision on how to move forward at its Dec. 19 meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Lendell Smith Memorial Conference Room of the Letcher County School Bus Garage. If too large a crowd attends the meeting, it may be relocated to the West Whitesburg Elementary School gymnasium.