Class Choir Sings at KSBA Meeting

The Kentucky School Board Association held their annual central Kentucky regional meeting last night at the Robert B Turner Elementary School with many educators from surrounding counties present.  Before the official start of the meeting, the fifth grade choir from the school, led by Monica Drury, sang a couple of songs to much applause.

The meeting was then officially started with James Sargent, KSBA Regional Chairperson, welcoming and introducing a number of prominent representatives at the meeting including many former and current state legislators and our Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton and Pam Brough from the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce which provided gift bags for all the attendees.  After the catered meal by Family Affair from Salvisa, the meeting was moved to reviewing ten particular standards that the association has found to be actions of effective school boards.  Many of those present at the meeting were able to participate in survey questions evaluating the standards and other questions.  The results came back with a positive majority.

James Sargent

James Sargent

The meeting then moved on to what priority the KSBA should concentrate on for the upcoming year.  The attendees voted with 40% choosing a better way to educate the public on the role of a school board member.  The second and third highest voted options were to conduct a needs assessment to determine what members need and to expedite the development of the KSBA On-line Learning Center.

They then moved onto legislative questions.  There was discussion on charter schools and whether those in attendance would want the Kentucky General Assembly to pass legislation to allow local boards of education to be the ones to authorize and maintain control over these schools.  The vote was overwhelmingly against the idea with 67% voting against it. 

From left: Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton, Pam Brough, and Representative James Tipton

From left: Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton, Pam Brough, and Representative James Tipton

A number of budget and funding questions were then asked before seeing whether the Commissioner of Education should be confirmed by the state senate when appointed (73% disagree) and whether a student elected by peers could serve on a superintendent screening  committee (63% agree).  The meeting then ended with a number of questions about how the meetings could be improved.

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