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January Board Highlights

BOARD HIGHLIGHTS

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Board members recognized for their service to MCPS

McCracken County Schools joined the state’s 172 other public school districts Thursday night to mark Kentucky’s 23rd observation of January as School Board Recognition Month.

“We really appreciate everything you do for our schools, students and staff, and we know it’s a lot of hours you put in,” MCPS spokeswoman Jayme Jones told board members before giving them each gift baskets.

“We appreciate all you do, especially on days like these,” Superintendent Brian Harper added.

Board members select new chair, Steve Shelby, and vice chair, Kelly Walker

 

Board recognizes new National Board Certified Teachers

Board members recognized Ashley Childs, teacher at Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary, and Sara Stephens, teacher at Heath Elementary, for earning their National Board Certification.

Childs and Stephens join over 3,000 nationally board certified teachers in the state of Kentucky. To earn this prestigious certification, teachers have to submit a detailed portfolio that includes examples of student work, an outline of what teachers have done outside the classroom to improve student achievement, and video recordings that show how they teach and interact with students.

 

Instructional Update: Local businesses to offer students paid apprenticeships

Assistant Superintendent Heath Cartwright reported to board members that James Marine and Kalleo Technology have both signed on to offer qualified McCracken County High School students paid apprenticeships registered through the state’s TRACK program (Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky).

“This is just the beginning,” Cartwright said. “We have other businesses talking to us about getting involved, and we’re also looking for opportunities internally to offer students internship experiences.”

Students can now earn MCPS diploma while learning a trade at Earle C. Clements Job Corps center in Morganfield

Board members unanimously approved an agreement Thursday night between MCPS and the Earle C. Clements Job Corps center in Morganfield, KY to allow McCracken students to enroll in the center’s two-year, Job Corps program to learn a skilled trade, while concurrently earning a MCPS high school diploma online.

Allowing students to go to Morganfield for the Job Corps program while also remotely earning a MCPS diploma means students will still be eligible for the Community Scholarship Program upon graduation, DPP Brian Bowland explained.

Financially supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps is completely free for students, including their room and board. The Morganfield center was converted from a former military base into a sprawling campus complete with dorms, cafeterias and restaurants, multiple fitness facilities (cross-fit, MMA, etc.) and even its own bowling alley.

“There are 120-plus Job Corps centers across the country, and no two are the same,” Bowland said. “But I didn’t want to go visit any other sites after I saw the one in Morganfield.”

Admitted students spend roughly 350 days a year on campus, with the option of going home on the weekends and working in their downtime. Graduates of the Morganfield program have a 97% employment or continuing education placement rate within two years of completing the program. One McCracken student has already submitted an application.

Board sets meeting dates through January 2019

Board members approved their meeting schedule for the next calendar year. All monthly meetings will be held the third Thursday of the month, with the exception of the following dates in March, May, October and December:

=      Thursday, March 22, 2018

=      Tuesday, May 8, 2018

=      Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

=      Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

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Phone: 270-538-4000
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Students, their families, employees, and potential employees of McCracken County Schools are hereby notified that the McCracken County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or disability in employment, vocational programs, or activities set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. Any persons having inquiries concerning McCracken County Schools™ compliance with Title II, Title VI, Title IX and/or Section 504 may contact: Director of Special Education and/or Director of Personnel and/or Director of Pupil Personnel, 5347 Benton Road, Paducah, KY 42003, (270) 538-4000. The McCracken County School System offers the following career and technical programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9-12: Agriculture, Business and Office Technology, Technology and Pre-Engineering. Persons seeking further information concerning the career and technical education offerings and specific pre-requisite criteria should contact: Mr. Michael Ceglinski, Principal of McCracken County High School, 6530 New Highway 60 West, Paducah, KY 42001, 270-538-4300, Michael.ceglinski@mccracken.kyschools.us. To obtain this information in a language other than English, call 270-538-4000.
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(270) 538-4000
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