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Board Meeting Highlights- October 2019
Student athletes recognized for accomplishments in softball, golf
Board members started their meeting Thursday night by recognizing several student athletic teams for their accomplishments at the regional and state level.
      • McCracken County Mustangs Middle School Softball Team — State
         Runners-Up
      • MCHS Men’s Golf Team — Team Region Runners-Up
      • MCHS Women’s Golf Team — Team Region Runners-Up
      • Jessica Stephens — 4th Place KHSAA State Golf Championship

Instructional team shares highlights from state assessments, new initiatives to come
Director of Secondary Instruction Melanie Jarvis gave board members a summary of the district’s performance last year as measured by the state accountability system. Highlights included:
 
5-Star Schools
Heath Elementary
Lone Oak Elementary
Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary
Reidland Elementary

High School Highlights
• Graduation Rate – 94.5%
• Transition Readiness – 75.2%
      – 60% met college readiness benchmarks
      – 40% met career readiness benchmarks
      – 12% earned industry certifications
      – 21% passed a CTE (Career & Technical Education) end-of-course
          assessment

Assistant Superintendent Michael Ceglinski updated board members on instructional initiatives in the works, including the Profile of a Graduate project. The MCPS leadership team is forming a focus group of community members to determine what qualities McCracken County wants to see in every high school graduate. These qualities will help guide instruction Pre-K-12, he said, increasing vertical alignment across grades and schools for the benefit of every student. 


Board accepts $124,000 school safety grant from U.S. Department of Justice
Board members formally accepted a $124,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office. Over the next two years, the funds will be used for critical security upgrades, as well as violence prevention programs. 
 
Upgrades will include updated radios for the district’s School Resource Officers and security system upgrades at schools district wide. 

The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 gave the U.S. DOJ COPS Office authority to provide grants directly to states, units of local government, and public agencies (such as school districts, police departments and sheriff’s departments) to improve school security through evidence-based school safety programs.