Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 23, 2013

School board talks test scores, bad floors

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

Oct. 23, 2013 — The Carter County Board of Education met Monday to review prior year assessment scores, as well as ongoing construction and budgetary issues.

In the data presented at the meeting, the school district as a whole saw marked improvement in test scores, passing the Ashland school district and moving up a spot to become the second highest ranked district in the region, behind only Russell Independent.

East Carter High School ranked in the 94th percentile of all high schools in the state and was named a school of distinction.

West Carter High School improved from the 24th percentile to the 84th percentile and was named a high progress school and a proficient school.

Both East and West middle schools improved their scores as well, with ECMS touting the highest individual ranking in the region.

Construction issues also were a hot topic of conversation at the meeting, specifically those plaguing the newly-built Tygart Creek Elementary School.

Classroom floor surfaces are beginning to degrade, which both the construction manager and David Jessie, district facilities manager, indicated was likely the result of inadequate amounts of floor wax applied to the surface.

“There wasn't enough seal and wax applied to the floor in the first place and what was applied has already worn off,” said Jessie.

“We're looking at close to 1,500 tiles that need to be replaced. It's going to be a massive undertaking,” said Tygart Principal Shawn Justice.

There was no resolution, however, as to who would ultimately bear the responsibility of replacing the tiles, as well as the labor costs.

The board also unanimously approved a resolution to be sent to Kentucky lawmakers regarding the continued annual decrease in state funding for school districts.

“The failure of the legislature has caused the Carter County Schools and districts across the Commonwealth to make significant cuts to their budgets and to personnel, compelling school boards to increase property taxes in order that districts might continue to operate and serve the students,” reads part of the resolution.

School districts are looking to put pressure on the General Assembly by adopting similar resolutions, as well as backing an independent study to compare public school funding in Kentucky with the rest of the nation.

The board will meet again in special session on Monday, Nov. 4, at the district office to consider bids for the Star Elementary renovation project.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.