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December 20, 2017

A parent from Blaine read what was on a petition with 75 names asking for the removal of principal Shawn Jennings.A parent from Blaine read what was on a petition with 75 names asking for the removal of principal Shawn Jennings.

BOE release by James Ellis

LOUISA – The Lawrence County Board of Education met on Monday evening at the Lawrence County High School library at 6 p.m. and heard some good news and a few bah humbugs in their December convening.

First off, the Board offered recognition for various student achievements, beginning with the LCHS engineering students who had recently participated in the Youth Career Connect Group project through the Department of Labor. Students Caden Ratliff, Jackson Feltner, Kade Sword, Adrianna Burchett, Carly Kirk, Hunter Goble and Cameron Marcum were present and explained their foray into robotics for the project.

BOE engineering students at BOE meeting Monday.BOE engineering students at BOE meeting Monday.

Next was the annual presentation of the Food City School Bucks rewards checks to schools by Food City Manager Kevin Garrett and Human Resources Coordinator Cheryl Gowan. Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher noted the partnership: “We couldn’t do things we do with and for kids without community partners like Food City. They are the ones who make it possible,” he said.

LCHS student and Rogers Scholar  Lincoln Rose gave a presentation at the BOE meeting. Lazer photo Tane' MosleyLCHS student and Rogers Scholar Lincoln Rose gave a presentation at the BOE meeting. Lazer photo Tane' MosleyRogers Scholar Mr. Lincoln Rose gave a presentation about his experience through the 2017 Rogers Scholar program, focusing on leadership development, service, and entrepreneurship. The program is the “flagship youth program of the Center for Rural Development.” More information on this program can be found at: http://centeryouthprograms.com/rogers-scholars/

Lawrence County School District Spelling Bee champion Kara Pannell, a fifth grader from Louisa East Elementary, and runner up Devin Thacker, a fifth grader from Blaine Elementary, were presented with certificates and recognized for their achievement.

Spelling Bee champs at BOE. LEES Kara Pannell, champion and BES Devin Thacker, runner-up are standing in back. Lazer photo by Tane' MosleySpelling Bee champs at BOE. LEES Kara Pannell, champion and BES Devin Thacker, runner-up are standing in back. Lazer photo by Tane' Mosley

Louisa Middle School girls basketball coach Paul Preece presented on the team’s unprecedented success this season. The 8th grade team won the regular season Ohio Valley Conference title and was unbeaten in the regular season. The 7th grade team won the regular season and OVC tournament titles. (See photo on another Lazer story)

Dr. Fletcher then reported to the Board on several items: the convening of the Local Facilities Planning Committee for orientation on December 5, the upcoming legislative agenda for the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, the earlier-than-planned release of students for Christmas break due to widespread illness, the draft plans from various sources for retirement system reform, the completion of the Title IX Interest Survey, and finally, the fact that LCHS has more dual credit course offerings through Ashland Community and Technical College than any other high school.

During the public comment segment, various citizens from Blaine voiced a displeasure at a perceived lack of extracurricular and after-school programs available for students. Particularly, they complained about an inability to get any momentum established in having a basketball program for boys or girls there and noted the historic involvement of Blaine residents in basketball.

They talked about wanting to reestablish the pride and spirit in Blaine School and how extracurricular activities would help.

Dr. Fletcher offered a commitment to stepping up efforts to find an individual willing to coach there and perhaps even incentivize it through more pay than is customary. Dr. Fletcher agreed that he would like to see the pride in Blaine basketball re-established but also recognized the outstanding performance of the Blaine academic team in their recent league action as well as the success of the school based on state testing results. 

Specifically, Blaine Elementary was labeled a Proficient School by the Kentucky Department of Education in 2016, and Blaine Middle’s students had an index high enough to be the district’s first School of Distinction in 2017 based on previous statewide cut scores.

Board Chairman Heath Preston presented the members of the board with a gift in the spirit of the season, giving them each LC umbrellas that he personally purchased from a fundraiser held at Louisa East Elementary.

The next scheduled meeting is January 15, 2018 at Lawrence County High School at 6 p.m.

 

Comments  

+1 #21 Really!!! 2018-01-01 23:39
Quoting Citizen:
[quote name="Bahahaha"]To citizen : you make me laugh. Get a life. I bet u r from Martin county also lol.

Bahahahahahahah a Nope from Blaine Lol and i am Glad I make You Laugh because with all this yelping like dogs on here this is the Reason Blaine gets a bad rep and what it all boils down to is get the kids in a Program at one of the churches or get a court put in at the City/county park at Laurel. Now see I know a little more than you think and Yes there is churches that has ball courts if you would check in on this if Jennings will not let you have a team and you can get the Gym for yourself all you have to do is call the Board Office or Garnett.[/quo

No one should have to go anywhere, Blaine citizens pay the school taxes and if we want to use the school to play ball then we should not have to ask Mr. Jennings or go anywhere else for that matter. Most of us have lived here our whole lives and have paid taxes, we should not have to go to the park to play ball. The adults have played at the school for many years, even back into the 80's you get a few employees who are from other counties and they think they own it. You don't own it, you are only hired there to do a job and that is it, you don't own nothing. The people who live here and have always lived here are the owners, with all their tax paying dollars.So no we should not have to get it approved by no one but the board and that's it.
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0 #20 D Citizen of Blaine 2017-12-30 01:39
Quoting lol:
Where did you go D Citizen of Blaine, back to Martin county I presume?

I am right here Lol and thanks for asking about Me but I am here in Blaine as always
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0 #19 lol 2017-12-28 19:27
Where did you go D Citizen of Blaine, back to Martin county I presume?
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0 #18 Citizen 2017-12-28 19:19
Quoting Bahahaha:
To citizen : you make me laugh. Get a life. I bet u r from Martin county also lol.

Bahahahahahahah a Nope from Blaine Lol and i am Glad I make You Laugh because with all this yelping like dogs on here this is the Reason Blaine gets a bad rep and what it all boils down to is get the kids in a Program at one of the churches or get a court put in at the City/county park at Laurel. Now see I know a little more than you think and Yes there is churches that has ball courts if you would check in on this if Jennings will not let you have a team and you can get the Gym for yourself all you have to do is call the Board Office or Garnett.
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0 #17 Bahahaha 2017-12-28 02:58
To citizen : you make me laugh. Get a life. I bet u r from Martin county also lol.
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-1 #16 Citizen of Blaine 2017-12-27 21:11
Quoting Help me Jesus.:
Citizen of Blaine. Would u please stop taking up for him and go get a job. If they would take welfare u would have far less time to complain. U r a loser like him. Go get a job. A real job that pays money so my taxes don’t have to keep u up. As far as I am concerned your opinion don’t even matter because my taxes pay for u to live. The principal is a clown. Get over it. He needs to go. But a few more need to go with him. Send them all back to Martin county.

Quoting Help me Jesus.:
Citizen of Blaine. Would u please stop taking up for him and go get a job. If they would take welfare u would have far less time to complain. U r a loser like him. Go get a job. A real job that pays money so my taxes don’t have to keep u up. As far as I am concerned your opinion don’t even matter because my taxes pay for u to live. The principal is a clown. Get over it. He needs to go. But a few more need to go with him. Send them all back to Martin county.



Oh my friend I do have a Really Good Job and as far as your taxes, mine is just as much as yours I'd say so I wouldn't go there. Like I said if it is not Jennings it will be someone else and I am more of a Blaine Resident then a lot on here yelling about this but I will say this, I will agree with you on one thing and that is if he is messing with the Special needs kids or any other then he needs to go but not because you do not get your way.
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+1 #15 Help me Jesus. 2017-12-27 12:39
Citizen of Blaine. Would u please stop taking up for him and go get a job. If they would take welfare u would have far less time to complain. U r a loser like him. Go get a job. A real job that pays money so my taxes don’t have to keep u up. As far as I am concerned your opinion don’t even matter because my taxes pay for u to live. The principal is a clown. Get over it. He needs to go. But a few more need to go with him. Send them all back to Martin county.
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0 #14 Former Student 2017-12-27 03:40
Excuse me, D Citizen of Blaine, do you even live in Blaine? Did you even go to Blaine school? Well, I actually live here and went to school at Blaine. If you think parents can coach, get off your lazy tail end and go try... because the way you talk anyone can.
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-4 #13 D Citizen of Blaine 2017-12-26 21:27
Quoting Parent:
Quoting D Citizen of Blaine:
Wonder why the Trouble makers not coaching them themselves


What part of, he will not allow the parents to coach, do you not understand? Many parents have ask to help coach basketball and football and the answer is "NO".


Well little child I understand a lot more than You think and I say that Your parents Probrably need to learn to coach first but enough of these little banters back and forth, if it is not Jennings then it will be the next one if You all Do Not get Your way I know exactly how it works in Blaine.
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+3 #12 Parent 2017-12-26 14:18
Quoting D Citizen of Blaine:
Wonder why the Trouble makers not coaching them themselves


What part of, he will not allow the parents to coach, do you not understand? Many parents have ask to help coach basketball and football and the answer is "NO".
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-1 #11 D Citizen of Blaine 2017-12-24 17:42
Wonder why the Trouble makers not coaching them themselves
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-1 #10 Citizen 2017-12-24 14:43
Coco you must not realize with the Hot wife he has at the house he does not need to go anywhere else and if you are there like you say you are then why don't you help out some?
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+2 #9 Santa 2017-12-23 04:55
You can’t apply for a job if there isn’t a vacant posting. Also, community members over the years have wanted to coach various sports and were always told no. Mr. Jennings would rather have someone in the school to do it. Well, the problem with a small school is that all of the people who are normally willing to coach/sponsor have done it for years and they are tired and older now. Some others just won’t do it or aren’t qualified to coach. Not everybody can coach a sport. Quoting THOUGHT:
Here's a good thought for all those wanting change: One of them needs to apply for the Principal job (if they're qualified), and the rest need to apply for coaching jobs or at least volunteer their time and help them at the school. If you can't or are not willing to do any of these jobs, lay down and shut up!!!
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+2 #8 Oh my. 2017-12-22 23:49
To thought.: Do u have a job. Or does my tax dollars keep u up. I think u may be a snowflake. People tried to help coach. He said no They all pretty much need to go. He is not a good principal. And the one that is probably taking up for him is the one he did not even want in the school and now u are taking up for him like he is something great. First get a job and then get a life.



Quoting THOUGHT:
Here's a good thought for all those wanting change: One of them needs to apply for the Principal job (if they're qualified), and the rest need to apply for coaching jobs or at least volunteer their time and help them at the school. If you can't or are not willing to do any of these jobs, lay down and shut up!!!
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+2 #7 THOUGHT 2017-12-22 17:37
Here's a good thought for all those wanting change: One of them needs to apply for the Principal job (if they're qualified), and the rest need to apply for coaching jobs or at least volunteer their time and help them at the school. If you can't or are not willing to do any of these jobs, lay down and shut up!!!
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0 #6 D Citizen of Blaine 2017-12-22 15:01
Wonder who they will choose to tell about next?
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+2 #5 Coco 2017-12-21 21:24
Quoting Concerned Parent:
I myself feel that Mr. Jennings is a very good principal. He is also human. He tries his very best to attend to all the situations brought before him in a way that is stern but also shows compassion for each and every child. He always dealt with my troubled student fairly and sternly. It is more important to get a good education than to worry about sports. Instead of always complaining take the time to get to know Mr. Jennings and go watch him at his job. Before Mr. Jennings was principal he was a special education teacher trained to deal with students with special needs. Why would he jeopardize his job by ignoring his desire to help a child succeed? If I had to choose, education would be the top priority over sports, and Mr. Jennings is there to see every child gets a good education.

Quoting Concerned Parent:
I myself feel that Mr. Jennings is a very good principal. He is also human. He tries his very best to attend to all the situations brought before him in a way that is stern but also shows compassion for each and every child. He always dealt with my troubled student fairly and sternly. It is more important to get a good education than to worry about sports. Instead of always complaining take the time to get to know Mr. Jennings and go watch him at his job. Before Mr. Jennings was principal he was a special education teacher trained to deal with students with special needs. Why would he jeopardize his job by ignoring his desire to help a child succeed? If I had to choose, education would be the top priority over sports, and Mr. Jennings is there to see every child gets a good education.


This is simply not true. I have been in the school and it seems he spends too much time with a particular teacher and less concerned about the children’s education. A school should have it all: education, sports, activities. I never see him at any extracurricular event. What does this say to the kids?
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+5 #4 Whatever. 2017-12-21 16:22
Concerned Parent get a life then get a job. The principal is a clown. Everyone knows this except for his 5 or 6 people in the town that do like him. He needs to go. It has nothing to do with sports. All teachers but maybe 3 are scared to death to say anything and speak up because of retaliation. The other 3 teachers are the only ones that like him. Think about it. All the stuff coming out is coming from mostly his staff. That’s says it all.
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-7 #3 Concerned Parent 2017-12-21 06:13
I myself feel that Mr. Jennings is a very good principal. He is also human. He tries his very best to attend to all the situations brought before him in a way that is stern but also shows compassion for each and every child. He always dealt with my troubled student fairly and sternly. It is more important to get a good education than to worry about sports. Instead of always complaining take the time to get to know Mr. Jennings and go watch him at his job. Before Mr. Jennings was principal he was a special education teacher trained to deal with students with special needs. Why would he jeopardize his job by ignoring his desire to help a child succeed? If I had to choose, education would be the top priority over sports, and Mr. Jennings is there to see every child gets a good education.
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+4 #2 Blainedeservesbetter 2017-12-20 22:12
Why didn't this article cover the need for the Blaine principal to be removed? This is a huge concern for the citizens of Blaine and I hope to see everyone come together a demand this man be removed. I even heard a rumor of Mr Jennings not only condoning minors drinking alcohol in his own home but also participating. I've heard from more than one Blaine student that they have witnessed, more than once, him verbally abusing an autistic child during school. Something needs to be done and it needs to be done NOW
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-5 #1 D Citizen of Blaine 2017-12-20 19:50
This bunch that is yelling is always yelling about something so if it is not Jennings it will be something or someone else. They have yelling in their blood.
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