Barton Christmas, MCHS junior, voted Governor of YMCA Ky Youth Assembly
More than 1,000 of his peers voted Barton Christmas, McCracken County High School junior, to be Governor of next year’s YMCA Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA). The position is the highest a student can attain in the yearly program that is the premier event in a series of YMCA programs emphasizing citizenship. Students in the YMCA KYA are enthusiastic about the importance of service to both their local communities and to the state through direct public service as well as student government. On Thursday, the Board of Education recognized Christmas for his selection and the responsibility he will undertake in the coming year to fundraise, lead service projects and to spread the positive message of KYA.
District recognizes Board of Education members for service
McCracken County Public Schools joined the state’s 172 other public school districts on Thursday in marking Kentucky’s 21st observation of January as School Board Member Recognition Month. Faculty and staff in McCracken County are thankful for the time and work Board members provide to all schools in the district.
Schools receive combined $17,340 in Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants
The Board voted to approve the receipt of funding for four Lowe’s grants, one each for Reidland Middle School, Reidland Intermediate School, Lone Oak Intermediate School and Lone Oak Middle School. The grants, ranging from $3,120 to $4,995, are meant to help pay for construction and materials of school-based projects. Reidland Intermediate is renovating a performing arts stage. The money will help Reidland Middle plant a new school garden and rehab a greenhouse. Lone Oak Intermediate will install a new deck and pot plants as an outdoor classroom, and Lone Oak Middle is installing a new outdoor garden.
MCHS receives Poetry Out Loud grant
The district was awarded $1,300 from the Kentucky Arts Council to implement Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition held once again at McCracken County High School. The money pays for program costs and for local artist Samuel “Snacks” Hawkins to provide workshops focused on public presentation, suggestions for memorization and interpretation of poetic structure. A district-wide culminating competition was set for Thursday night at the high school’s C-Plant Performing Arts Center, but weather postponed the event. The new date and time are to be determined. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition funded by the National Endowments for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation and state agencies such as the Kentucky Arts Council. The district winner goes on to a state competition and could go on to a national competition in Washington, D.C.
Board approves documents for facility repairs/improvements to several schools
Board members approved BG-2 and BG-3 documents (necessary to submit to the state for approval) for projects at four schools: to replace the cooling tower at Heath Middle School and to replace the sump tank at HMS and Concord Elementary; improved accessibility at Lone Oak Middle; replacing the HVAC and replacing the front the entrance at Lone Oak Intermediate.
Board approves BOE meeting dates for rest of 2016
Per Board policy, members voted at the first meeting of the New Year on the dates of its regular meetings for the rest of the year: February 18, 2016; March 17; April 21; May 10; June 16; July 21; August 18; September 15; October 27; November 17; December 15; January 19, 2017.
Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016