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LOUISA – At the Lawrence County Board of Education meeting at Fallsburg School on Monday evening, members of the board and the audience had the pleasure of hearing about progress and the sobering news about pending state level budget cuts.

BOE members @ Fallsburg meetingBOE members @ Fallsburg meeting

But they didn’t hear about the Board taking an annual four percent tax raise on residents.

The members of the board (minus Maddlene Roberts, who was out with an illness) opted instead to follow the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher and Board Chair Heath Preston to accept the compensating rate, which will keep operating budgets stable for the next fiscal year.

They also heard students Waylon Burgess and William Copley thank board members and Dr. Fletcher for a new flag pole display at Fallsburg as well as student Ryan Marcum offering thanks for the new floor in the gymnasium.

Teachers Penny Preece and Missy Edens updated the Board on the implementation of PACE (purpose/accountability/congruity/eyes on text-engagement). Dr. Fletcher elaborated about the PACE implementation, stating that it was an effort to move the center of learning responsibility more to the student.

He also recognized Mr. Matt Maynard, who was hired as assistant principal at Lawrence County High School. Mr. Maynard previously served at Louisa Middle School, Louisa West Elementary, and Louisa East Elementary schools.

Director of Special Education and Early Learning Rhonda Colvin shared that Lawrence County Schools’ pre-school programs received a 5 star rating out of a possible 5 stars from the Kentucky All Stars program in recognition of outstanding instruction and care for pre-school/early learning students.

Dr. Fletcher then brought the difficult news of announced pending budget cuts from the state department of education due to an announcement out of the governor’s office of a pending 17.4% cut in the budgets of all state programs. He outlined possible spending reductions to address this and the fact that the commissioner has pledged to try and absorb the impact of such a cut at the state level as much as possible.

Fletcher also apprised members of the discussions in the legislature regarding the reformation of the teacher retirement system and its potential impact on our district.

Dr. Fletcher was also appointed chair of the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative and stated that he would be attending KVEC meetings, and he was able to praise Lawrence County High School for transition from advisory council status back to site based decision making council status because of consistent performance on academic standards.

Dr. Fletcher expressed thanks to Sabrina Fyffe and Kay Ison, the FES school secretary and a retired FES teacher, for beautifying the Fallsburg building with carefully placed, hand painted quotes for inspiration and motivation of students, staff, and visitors. Principal Sara Bowen said it was solely Mrs. Fyffe’s and Mrs. Ison’s doing,

“They let me know what they’re going to do and come in after hours and just do it and it looks great.”

The Board got updates on the work of the staff focusing on Drug Awareness and Prevention curriculum, as well as a visit to Lawrence County Schools by newly inaugurated Morehead State University President Dr. Jay Morgan.

The Board appointed Mr. Jim See as the Board representative for the Local Facilities Planning Committee. After this appointment, the Board approved the names of the 20-member committee for submission to the Kentucky Department of Education.

The next scheduled meeting of the Lawrence County Board of Education is October 16, 2017 at Lawrence County High School at 6 p.m.




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Sep 12, 2017 

Although Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky were opponents on the football field Saturday, two days later the two institutions announced a partnership aimed at growing the state’s economy, with research and intellectual property being the driving forces.

Tom Martin, of EKU, left, talks with UK’s Ian McClure. Photo by Leslie Rodriguez. (EKU Photo)Tom Martin, of EKU, left, talks with UK’s Ian McClure. Photo by Leslie Rodriguez. (EKU Photo)

EKU’s Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET), headed by Tom Martin, and UK’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), led by Ian McClure, reached the agreement with the full support of the two university presidents, EKU’s Michael Benson and UK’s Eli Capilouto.

“Regional universities like Eastern Kentucky University conduct research and develop inventions, but the costs associated with that effort are significant for institutions focused on instruction and service to their region,” said Benson. “As a research institution, UK has the resources and organizational structure to assist EKU in the proper assessment and commercialization of basic discovery for the innovations of tomorrow. More importantly, this partnership creates a research corridor between UK and EKU, leveraging their individual strengths for the benefit of all Kentuckians.”

“As a research university, we lead the state in success in competing for external grants. That’s the pipeline for intellectual property,” Capilouto said. “We have developed the resources and infrastructure to move some of these breakthroughs to the marketplace. We are happy to partner with EKU to provide that kind of capability for their faculty when they have discoveries, and we are grateful for the partnership.”

The terms of the agreement call for UK’s OTC to act as an independently contracted partner and service provider to EKU for intellectual property and commercialization services. The services provided by the OTC to EKU include:

• assistance with EKU intellectual property (IP) development efforts, including assessing the potential value and patentability or copyrightable nature of invention disclosures.
• assistance with EKU commercialization and intellectual property procurement transaction costs, including market research, patent prosecution and docket management, identifying potential licensing partners, business development efforts to solicit interest in partnership, and negotiating and executing license agreements in coordination with EKU.

• development and/or offering of effective faculty education programs and strategies that UK uses to reach out to faculty and encourage invention disclosure and pursuit of IP protection.

• guidance to EKU on intellectual property and commercialization matters, including related to what UK does with non-patentable IP, particularly software.

• help in building a stronger EKU network by implementing process and procedures.

• solidification of a commercialization partnership that can help build a “research corridor” for collaborative research efforts between UK and EKU.

“We can channel the inventive activity happening at EKU through our office and collaborate and cooperate to give those ideas at EKU the best chance at succeeding,” said McClure. “It’s all about raising the bar for the Commonwealth.”

“UK and EKU’s service to each other and to the Commonwealth is the application of original knowledge created by our faculty,” said Martin. “We have a lot of challenges, like solving the ‘Kentucky uglies’ – high rates of lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, smoking, obesity. But we also have the opportunity for collaboration in innovation, building the foundation for the inventors of tomorrow.”

From Eastern Kentucky University