Tuesday, March 24 2020
Board approves resolution to adapt meeting protocols during COVID-19 outbreak
In order to adapt to the current national state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus, board members approved temporary changes to their public meeting procedures. Rather than opening meetings to the public physically, as is the norm, meetings will be open to the public via video teleconference and/or livestream. The Kentucky School Boards Association drafted the resolution, and the Kentucky Attorney General approved it in an opinion issued March 18. The amended meeting protocols will be in effect until the conclusion of the state of emergency.
Board members approve continuation of NBCT Incentive Program
Board members unanimously agreed to continue the district’s National Board Certified Teacher Incentive Program for the fourth year running. The district began the program in the 2016-17 school year, offering to pay for a component of NBCT training for up to five teachers. In the program’s second year, the board expanded it to allow funding to support five new teachers each year, plus five teachers continuing in the program, for a total of 10 teachers per year. So far, 20 teachers have benefited from the program.
Board sets graduation for May 22, contingent on state of emergency
Board members agreed to set graduation for the MCHS Class of 2020 for May 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Marquette Stadium, weather permitting, and contingent on current restrictions on social gathering being lifted.
Board members accept $1.96 million in grant funding for 21st Century programs
The Kentucky Department of Education has awarded McCracken County Public Schools a combined $1.96 million in continued grant funding for their 21st Century before and after school programs. Board members officially accepted the funds Tuesday night.
Hendron Lone Oak Elementary, Reidland Intermediate, and McCracken County High School will each receive $490,000 over the next five years to continue their 21st Century programs. Heath Elementary will also receive $490,000 over the same time period to restart its 21st Century program, which ran originally from 2013 to 2018.
21st Century provides academic, artistic and cultural enrichment for kids, targeting those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to such programs, or who are struggling in school. It’s entirely free for families, and includes before and after school tutoring, engaging clubs and activities, and an extra meal every day programming is in session.
Seven McCracken schools currently offer 21st Century: HLOES (5th year), LOMS (3rd year), RES (2nd year), RIS (5th year), RMS (9th year), HMS (4th year), and MCHS (5th year). HES will join the list starting in the 2020-21 school year.
Since Reidland Middle received its first 21st Century grant and began offering programming in 2011, McCracken’s 21stCentury sites have been working hard to extend school day learning and give as many students as possible extra academic, social, and emotional support. This year alone, the district’s programs have provided that support for 1,877 students.