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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (09/19/17) — The Hopkins County School District principals are working collectively to develop a strategy to close the gap on available educational opportunities.

Hopkins County Alternate Day Treatment/Academy Principal Barry Nelson, Career and Technical Center Principal Pam Todd, Hopkins County Central High School Principal Jon Wells and Madisonville North Hopkins High School Principal Tommy Ransom gave reports at a board meeting held Monday night.

They spoke on collective efforts within the district. Wells opened by saying there are many changes culturally and on a community level.

Wells said he and Ransom are concentrating on Google Classroom including Google calendar and Google docs. Central attendance is down and he is working on ways to boost that including more student recognitions.

Community involvement included working with the Patrick Rudd Foundation recently on the Heroes Run. He also mentioned that the CTC has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, ADT and the Academy have teamed up with Grace Warehouse and Teen Challenge, and North, Central and CTC have partnered with other schools in the district colleting hurricane relief donations.

Ransom said his part of the presentation was to address “closing the achievement gap” strategies. He mentioned that Wells and he communicate weekly and often times daily to see what is working.

Ransom explained they have discussed generating a gap list of students and making a separate roster to identify those with specific needs.

Ransom said College and Career Ready would probably be revamped with the new accountability system of Academic, Technology and Military.

Nelson said the academy students are also getting the opportunity to participate in CTC classes and he is excited about that. The formative process is continuing throughout the district and would be included in every professional growth plan.

Todd said at CTC, educators are working closely with the two high schools, the Academy and ADT to ensure the students do not miss out on potential opportunities. She said all classes at CTC require reading and writing assignments and a career portfolio including an extensive cover letter and resume.

“We are working with the highs schools to narrow the achievement gap,” said Todd.
In other business, Hopkins County Schools Assistant Superintendent Charles Gant recognized Grapevine Garden Growers.

Gant said the G3 Club consisted of students who are getting hands-on learning experience in starting and saving seeds and using ultraviolet lights to grow starter gardens including transplanting, weeding, composting, and harvesting.

Those present to be recognized were: Peyton Buchanan, Prestynn Buchanan, Sydney Crawford, Zachary DeMoss, Emma Duncan, Greta Duncan, Sadie Duncan, Brianna Harris, Julia Harris, DeJean Harvey, Trayvin Hendrix, Eli Mason, Serenity Askins, Savanna Gooch, Jessica Ouimet, Briley Sceen, Ella McKnight, Cloie Adkins, Kylie DeMoss, and Isaac McKnight.
He said each week the fruits of their labors go home to students. Last year all students at Grapevine received a plant to take home.

“Each year, G3 looks forward to growing healthy foods and promoting healthy kids for a healthy future,” Gant said.
The board approved the 2017-18 working budget, Director of finance and business Eydie Tate said the total budget is $73.966 million, with a general fund totaling $60.427 million.

The Board approved the following out of district, overnight, or non-school sponsored events as requested by the principal of the school, subject to date rescheduling as necessary, HCCHS Band to travel by school bus to Westmoreland, Tennessee Sept. 23, HCCHS JROTC to travel by school bus to Greenville Sept. 28-30, Hanson Elementary School 3rd Grade to travel by school bus to Evansville Oct. 24, Southside Elementary School 2nd Grade to travel by school bus to Evansville Oct. 24 and Southside Elementary School 5th Grade, to travel by school bus to Evansville Oct. 24.

The following invoice was approved for payment:

English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP, $4,011.70, for legal services for HCCTC Grapevine Rd. location.

The board approved the following activity fundraisers:

BSMS Library to host a Scholastic Book Fair with proceeds to help purchase items for media center.

HES PTA to collect Box Tops with proceeds to go to PBIS rewards and honor roll.

HES PTA to host Great American with proceeds to go to Grandparents Day, KY Kids Day and fall festival.

HES PTA to host a Father/Daughter Dance with proceeds to go to the Family Resource Center.

HES PTA to host a Penguin Patch with proceeds to go to Red Ribbon Week and field day.

HES PTA to sell World’s Finest Chocolate with proceeds to go to Mother's Day, Father's Day, Veterans Day and 5th grade celebration.

HES PTA to sell T-Shirt with proceeds to go to purchasing field day shirts for students and staff.

HES PTA to host a Mother/Son movie night with proceeds to go to the Family Resource Center.

JSES to host a Turkey Trot with proceeds to go to student rewards.

JSES to host a Father/Daughter dance with proceeds to go to student rewards.

JSES PTA to have a School Mall sale with proceeds to go to computer lab to purchase headphones.

JSES PTA to have King/Queen, Prince/Princess event with proceeds to go to classroom supplies.

JSES PTA to Raffle Baskets with proceeds to go to purchasing classroom supplies.

WBES Academic Team to have 10 for $20 sale with proceeds to go to purchasing shirts, food, transportation and team activities.

WBES Family Resource Center to host a Halloween Dance with proceeds to go to Family Resource Center needs.

The board approved the following grant applications:

• JSES, Play 60 Grant for $4,000 to be used to purchase items (non-food) for cafeteria and physical education.

• PES, Lester E. Yeagar Charitable Trust Grant for $4,000 to be used to purchase MacBook for Falcon News, library instruction and library books.

Parent teacher conference schedule is also listed below:

Elementary Schools — 3:30-5:45 p.m., Sept. 26
High Schools — 3:30-5:45 p.m., Sept. 27
Middle Schools — 3:30-5:45 p.m., Sept. 28
Hopkins County Career and Technology Center — 3:30-5:45 p.m., Sept. 28
Fall Break — October 9-13 Fall Break
The next meeting will be 5:30 p. m. Monday, Oct. 16.

Tammy Holloway
SurfKY News Reporter

 

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