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March 4, 2018

State Rep. files bill to create safe and secure schools by increasing access to mental-health services

 

FRANKFORT – In the aftermath of the shooting at Marshall County High School in January that claimed the lives of two students and injured many more, state Rep. Will Coursey has filed legislation that would call on all public school districts to have mental-health professionals on staff by the start of the 2018-19 school year. They would be hired to support students and school staff and to guide violence-prevention efforts.


State Rep. Will Coursey is shown filing House Bills 604 during the current legislative session.  It calls for school districts across Kentucky to have mental health professionals on staff by this fall to increase school safety.State Rep. Will Coursey is shown filing House Bills 604 during the current legislative session. It calls for school districts across Kentucky to have mental health professionals on staff by this fall to increase school safety.Rep. Coursey, D-Benton, said he filed House Bill 604 “because I think this is a critical area needing more attention. Family resource and youth services centers fill in non-academic gaps that hinder learning. These additional mental-health professionals can provide more support for students and staff, as well as work preventively to help schools create the types of environment that keep students safe."

He noted that the General Assembly’s Health and Welfare Committee discussed last fall what are called adverse childhood experiences (ACE), which include abuse, domestic violence and the loss of a parent to prison or divorce.

Legislators were told that nearly half of the children in the United States have suffered from at least one ACE, and those with three or more have a life expectancy that is up to 20 years lower than the national average. The rate of ACEs in Kentucky exceeds what is found in many other states.

“We know that many of our students bring these ACEs with them to school,” he said. “It is our responsibility to provide the type of school climate and environment that will allow ALL students to learn and thrive. That ultimately creates a safer environment for everyone in our schools. That is the intent of this legislation.”

Lisa Willner, a licensed psychologist who is Executive Director of the Kentucky Psychological Association and an elected school board member in Jefferson County, noted that “the most protective factor against violence in schools is a high level of student sense of belonging. The trauma-informed approach that Rep. Coursey is calling for is a significant step forward for our schools and for our state.”

She also said that if we want to understand how to prevent violence in our schools, we must look not only at instances of mass violence, but at the many instances of imminent threat of violence that never occurred. “The number one reason that these threats were never completed was because someone spoke up,” she said. “Students are much more likely to speak up about possible threats when they attend schools with the kinds of positive environments and emotional support in place that Rep. Coursey's bill would provide."

Under the bill, every public school district would have to have at least one mental-health professional per 1,500 students by this fall, and these professionals would be hired in addition to current guidance counselors and school psychologists. They would be called upon to identify and then help students whose learning, behavior and relationships have been impacted by trauma, and to provide training to school staff in supporting the learning needs of all students.

“I’ve heard from many counselors who say they are overwhelmed with other duties like career development and testing,” Rep. Coursey said. “Having a mental-health professional on staff will put a renewed focus on this important area. These mental health professionals will not only provide services to students, but add support for teachers and school staff.”

State Rep. Steven Rudy, the chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, is the prime co-sponsor of the bill. His legislative district also includes Paducah’s Heath High School, which was the site of a 1997 school shooting.

“Steven truly understands the importance of this issue, and I’m proud to work with him to help make this a reality,” Rep. Coursey said. “We’re committed to doing what we can to find the necessary funding.”

This bill will be considered during the ongoing legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude in mid-April. It can be found online here: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/18rs/HB604.htm

 

February 28, 2018

ACTCS competes with 140 students in SkillsUSA events

ACTC hosted more than 140 high school students from five area career and technical centers for the annual SkillsUSA Kentucky competitions on Feb. 23.

Drafting CAD Drafting CAD

Students represented Boyd County High School Career and Technical Education Center, Carter County High School Career and Technical Center, Elliott County High School; Greenup County High School Area Technical Center and Russell High School Area Technical Center, which includes students from Russell, Raceland-Worthington and Fairview High Schools. ACTC students in participated in auto and diesel postsecondary contests.

Skills USA Kentucky is a chapter of the national organization that serves industrial, trade and technical students in area technology centers, public high school and career and technical centers. Annual competitions focus on leadership and technical skills.

Quiz BowlQuiz Bowl

The regional competitions for the SkillsUSA Northeast Region-District 14 included contests at ACTC’s Technology Drive and Roberts Drive. Carpentry skills contests were conducted at the Carpentry Union. Contest winners are eligible to participate in state competitions later this month.

Welding competition Welding competition

Sponsors include Carpentry Union No 472, Indiana, KY, Ohio, Regional Council of Carpenters, Clay’s Performance Constriction, Enerfab, IBEW of Portsmouth, Ohio, and IBEW of Huntington, West Virginia.

Jesse Brown and Eric Bays from State Electric Supply, and Jerry Yates and Kevin Howard of the Carpenters Union helped in the judging as well.

LEADERSHIP CONTESTS

Action Skills: First, Roger Allen, Carter.

Chapter Display: First, Elijah Miller, Isaac Slone and Morgan Vaugh, Boyd.

Creed: First, Payton Parsons, Carter.

Extemporaneous Speaking: First, Savannah Ramey, Russell.

Job Interview: First, Pranesh Patel, Russell; second, Brandon Fannin, Carter; third, Bryan Parsons, Carter.

Job Skills Demonstration (A): First, Jarrod Buckler, Carter; second, Kody Hutchinson, Carter; third, Jordan Colegrove, Greenup.

Job Skills Demonstration Open: First, Ashley Thomas, Russell.

Prepared Speech: First, Donald Blevins, Carter; second, William Barker, Carter.

Quiz Bowl: First, Noah Caudill, Savannah Ramey, Matthew Kouns and Hunter McMillen, Carter; second, Isaac Duncan, Kody Kline, Duston Shoemaker and Eric Carter, Carter; third, Derrick Bradley, Dayemion Jordan, Ethan Hale, Dakota Rayburn and Cadin Sparks, Carter.

SkillsUSA Spelling: First, Chelsie Fraley, Russell.

Welding Art Sculpture: First, Chelsy Wise, Greenup; second, Eric Lawson, Greenup; third, Caleb Sturgill, Carter.

Wood Sculpture: First, Alexis Kegley, Carter.

SKILLS CONTESTS

Architectural Board Drafting: First, Jordan Sargent, Carter.

Architectural Drafting (CAD): First, Chandler Easterling, Carter; Wayne Stephens, Russell; third, Bobby Phillips, Carter.

Automotive Service Technology (post-secondary): First, Josh Henderson, ACTC; second, Richard Thompson, ACTC; third, Tim McCarty, ACTC.

Automotive Service Technology (secondary): First, Gary Adkins, Greenup; second, Lery Logan, Greenup; third, Christopher Lemater, Greenup.

Carpentry: First, Brandon Dalliare, Carter; second, Jacob Palmer, Boyd; third, Drew Sorrell, Boyd.

Computer Maintenance: First, Geoffery Potts, Russell.

Construction Tool Identification: First, Austin Paul, Greenup; second, Quinten Clark, Russell; third, Eryn Parsons, Russell.

Diesel Equipment Technology (post-secondary): First, John Skinner, ACTC; second, Chad Lambiotte, ACTC.

Electrical Construction Wiring: First, Devin Slifer, Greenup; second, Dalton Halstead, Greenup; third, Gage Brewer, Greenup.

Interactive Application and Video Game Development: First, Steven Gilliam, Carter.

Robotics Urban Search and Rescue: First, Dominic Butler Carter; second, Davey Boggs, Carter.

Technical Drafting (CAD): First, Matthew Warren, Carter, second, Jacob Hensley, Carter; third, Payton Parsons, Russell.

Web Design: First, Aaron Eastham and Alexis Virgin, Russell.

Welding: First, Rob Kitts, Boyd; second, Cole Channey, Boyd; third, Jacob Workman, Boyd.

Welding I: First, Dylan Stewart, Boyd; second, Chelsey Wise, Greenup; third, Hunter Davis, Boyd.

 

 

February 26, 2018

Lawrence County Board of Education Special Meeting

QUARTERLY DATA DASHBOARD REPORTING

February 26, 2018; 6:00 p.m.

Lawrence County High School

Louisa, Kentucky

 

AGENDA

1. CALL TO ORDER

Mission:  Every Child College and Career Ready; A Community Involved and Informed

The Pledge to the United States Flag

2. STUDENT/STAFF PRESENTATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

2.A. Teacher MAP Recognition: Fall 2017 to Winter 2018

3. STUDENT LEARNING AND SUPPORT SERVICES

3.A. Approve Consent Agenda items:

3.A.1. Per diem and expenses for members present

3.A.2. Lawrence County High School Senior Trip contracts: (Kim Shirkey)

3.A.2. a. Great Wolfe Lodge Sales Agreement for April 13, 2018

3.A.2. b. Queen City Riverboats, Inc Agreement for April 13, 2018

3.A.2. c. Kings Island Catered Event Agreement for April 14, 2018

3.A.3. Contract: Lawrence County USF (E-Rate) 18-19 with KEDC

3.A.4. Fundraiser Requests: LCHS and Blaine Elementary School

3.B. Approve Trane Energy Letter of Exclusive Choice Agreement

3.C. Approve the 2018-2019 Lawrence County School District Calendar

3.D. QUARTERLY DATA DASHBOARD REPORTING

5.D.1. Overview of Process & Format

5.D.2. Louisa West Elementary (K-1): Debbie Delong, Principal

5.D.3. Louisa East Elementary (2-5): Anna Prince, Principal

5.D.4. Blaine Elementary School (K-8): Shawn Jennings, Principal

5.D.5. Fallsburg Elementary School (K-8): Sara Bowen, Principal

2.D.6. Louisa Middle School (6-8): Joey Cecil, Principal

2.D.7. Lawrence County High School (9-12): Christy Moore, Principal

2.D.8. District Quarterly Data Dashboard - Plus/Delta & Next Steps

3.E. Discussion: Potential Security Measures and the Impact on the Budget

4. PERSONNEL

4.A. Approve to acknowledge receipt of Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update

5. ADJOURNMENT

 

Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update

February 20, 2018

Hiring

Allison Brown - Speech Language Pathologist Assistant District-wide

Kristyn Dotson - Full-Time Bus Monitor

Patty Stumbo - Custodian at Blaine Elementary School (15 hrs/week)

Substitute Cook/Baker

Brittany Mayo

Resignations

Bobbie Sue Rice - School Health Nurse / Special Needs Nurse at Blaine Elementary School

Carolyn S. Holley - Bus Driver

Bonnie Moore - Full-Time Bus Monitor

 

Re: Request to the Lawrence County Board of Education for Creation regarding Positions:

Request the following positions be created effective FEBRUARY 21, 2018:

  • (1) LBD Teacher at Fallsburg Elementary School (1-Year – February 21 through June 30, 2018)
  • (1) Part-Time School Security Guard (School Grounds Monitor) – 17.5 hrs/week classified pay scale; 170 to 258 days max (NOTE: this position is in addition to Full-Time Security Guard position)