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Letcher schools to host three informal meetings on student achievement




The Letcher County Board of Education will hold three informal discussions with community members on “Improving Student Achievement – Strategic Thinking”. The first session will take place on Thursday, August 16, in the Lendell Smith Memorial Conference Room of the Maintenance Building beginning at 5:30 p.m. The final sessions will be held Tuesday, August 28, at Letcher Elementary School beginning at 5:30 p.m. and at Fleming-Neon Elementary beginning at 7 p.m., with both sessions taking place in the cafeterias.

“Student achievement is our first and foremost priority. These sessions will help us clarify community expectations and allocation of resources relating to how our students learn,” said Superintendent Anna C. Craft.

“The insight our communities share with us will greatly increase the input into school and district planning from the people who pay the tax bills that support our schools,” said Superintendent Craft. “With help from 20 to 30 select diverse representatives – including students – of our community, we will take these ideas and formulate a system wide strategic plan that will set the direction for our school for the next several years. That will help ensure that planners and decision makers at the individual schools and at the district level know what the community expects from all of us.”

Citizens wishing to attend any of the sessions or to submit written comments for consideration as part of the process are encouraged to do so. Written comments should be submitted to the school Central Office before the meeting or submitted at the meeting.

Tim Holt, an advocate for public education, will serve as the facilitator. The strategic planning process begins with a twoday planning summit in September for a 25-member Plan Team. The Plan Team will include individuals with diverse backgrounds – students, school people, business people, community members, senior citizens and parents – who represent the district demographically thus the community’s values and perspectives.

Volunteers are being sought for the planning initiative. The Plan Team is limited to 25 people, but volunteers are also needed to serve on Action Plan Teams. Action Teams will develop action plans for broad strategies identified by the Plan Team.

For more information, contact Linda Setzer at the School Central Office. Plan Team members commit to exclusive involvement for a total of three full days at designated times. All names submitted will be maintained for future involvement with the strategic planning initiative.


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