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26 - November 08, 2012 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook Superintendent Story Cont. From Page 1 worked in Letcher Coun- ty as a teacher for 16 years; coached for basketball, football, and track; princi- pal; and in the central of- fice for the past 10 years. Tackett said that he at- tended Pikeville College (now Pikeville University), receiving his bachelor's degree in physical educa- tion and psychology. He said that he also received his master's degree from Morehead State Univer- sity. He added that he had certifications in guidance counseling, principal, di- rector of pupil personnel, instructional supervisor, and superintendent. Superintendent'screen- ing committee members met three times last week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Committee members re- viewed both old and new applications during a two hour meeting lIonday eve- ning. They also passed a number of motiions related to the adoption of confiden- tiality requirements and search criteria from the board of education. Most of Wednesday's meeting took place in closed session, and no ac- tion was taken. The screening commit- tee's Thursday evening meeting was also in closed session. Following the closed session members voted to recommend two of the applicants to the school board. A special called meeting of the school board took place following the Thurs- day evening meeting, with the familiar division lines emerging between the two female and three male members of the board. Following a forty-five minute closed session, board member Lisa Mc- Farland made a motion to interview more candidates than the search committee recommended. This mo- tion was defeated in a 3 - 2 vote. Sandy Crouch com- mented that while she ap- preciated the work of the ;,z, zr,= ,;;,-.-;2ee, she thought that "the board should let us have the cour- tesy" to interview others "if we felt like applicants fit the criteria." "How can I take rec- ommendations from the screening committee if I am not able to interview other candidates," Crouch asked. This was followed by a heated exchange between Crouch and B. A. Franklin, who said that she should have attended previous meetings. Board members went into a short executive ses- sion again, and after they came back out, Bill Boyd made a motion to accept the names of two candidates recommended by screen- hag committee members. Boyd noted that these can- didates had already been interviewed. Both Crouch and McFar- land said that they would have preferred to interview other candidates. "When the board ac- cepts their [the screening committee's] recommen- dations, due diligence has been done," Boyd stated. "The majority on the board has followed their recom- mendations and are not participating in any politi- calchoice. It's a show of confidence in the profes- sionals that we have there -and their judgment." When McFarland asked Boyd to explain what he meant by "political," Frank- fin responded. Franklin said that he had been con- tacted several weeks ago by one of the applicants for superintendent who told him that another applicant had been talking to one of the other board embers. Franklin wen on to al- lege that a boart member, who he would not name, had attempted o hold up the superintement selec- tion process. He said that even if he had to go to court "and raise his fight hand," ev- eryone needed to know that that there has been a problem with the selection process. "I think it's gone far enough," Franklin said. Crouch and Franklin both said that they did not know what Franklin was talking about. Franklin then snapped at Interim Supt. Meadows, who had made an inau- dible comment to Crouch. "And Mr. Meadows, I have a problem with that, too. About talking about my- self." Meadows responded, "Well, since the tape is roll- ing, Mr. Franklin, I'll be here after you're gone." Board members followed this with a 3 - 2 vote to make a job offer to Harvey Tackett. Nothing was men- tioned of Tackett's back- ground at the meeting. Board members held an- other special called meet- ing Monday evening to discuss the contract being offered to Tackett. The Bath County News Outlook was not able to be present at that meeting, and no vid- eo of the meeting had been posted prior to the Outlook going to press. During Tuesday's gen- eral election, board mem- bers B. A. Franklin and Bill Boyd were defeated. Franklin's spot on the board was taken by Con- rile Grimes and Boyd's by Shelly Sanders. Lisa Mc- Farland was not seeking reelection, and her position was won by Barbara Razor. These new board members will take office in January. The Bath County News Outlook will continue to follow this story as it devel- ops. Test Score Story Cont. From Page 1 Individual school also received the same set of scores within this new ac- countability model. Owingsville Elementa- ry School had an overall score of 60.1, and a per- centile rank of 60. Crossroads Elemen- tary had an overall score of 54.4, and a percentile rank of 37. Bath County Middle School had an overall score of 52.6, and a per- centile rank of 43. Bath County High School had an overall score of 46.5, and a per- centile rank of 16. All of Bath County's schools fell into the "needs improvement" classification, and the high school was consid- ered a "focus" school. Surrounding counties' scores included Mont- gomery County with a 5&6 overall score and a 73'- .percentile ranking, placii4g it in the Proficient catego?y; Rowan County, 53.0 overall ,and 36 per- centile ranking, Needs Improvement; Menifee County, 52.8 overall and 33 percentile ranking, Need Improvement; and Nicholas County, 46.0 overall and 7 percentile ranking, Focus District. Bath County Interim Supt. Steve Meadows re- leased the following state- ment Monday: "Don't Panic". When we hear these words, our first response is to, well, panic. For the past sev- eral months, educators across the state, as well as this office, have em- phasized that this yearts testing results could not be compared to previous years of testing data. So, let me say again, dofft panic. Bath County Schools, along with public schools across Kentucky re- ceived results from our state's new Unbridled Learning Accountabil- ity system on Friday No- vember 2. To review: The top 90 percent of schools are labeled Dis- tinguished; schools in the 70-89th percentile are labeled Proficient, and Needs Improvement for the remaining schools. This means that 69% of the state's schools are identified in the category of "Needs Improvement". I would remind our stake- holders - this is a baseline year for all schools. As Pve shared in previous ar- ticle, as this new system of accountability evolves, growth will be the pri- mary measurement of success. Here's a break- down for our district: School Over- all score Percentile Classification District 52.4 32 Needs Improve- ment High School 46.9 16 Needs Improve- ment (Focus) Middle School 52.6 43 Needs Improve- ment Owingsville Elemen- tary 60.1 60 Needs Improvement Crossroads Elemen- tary 54.4 37 Needs Improvement A detailed analysis of our scores indicate that we have many areas of success and several areas identified for improve. ment. In short, wetve got a lot of work to do, all of US. The key ingredient to our childreffs success will be the capacity of our district leadership to get this work done. We're already working on im- provement plans to iden- tiff] those areas needing immediate attention as well as those areas identi- fied for long-term imple- mentation. In the coming days and weeks, each school prin- cipal will begin a cam- paign of informing faculty and staff, parents, and our community, specifically on just what these scores mean and how to bring together all stakeholders on where we are, where we're going, and how weYe going to get there. I urge everyone to make an effort and attend the various forums focused on this campaign. You can make a differ- ence by attending your schooFs Site Base Deci- sion-Making meetings, parent-teacher confer- ences, board meetings, etc. If we hope to make an impact on our chil- drenrs future, everyone must be determined and committed in bringing the promise of possibility to every student, every day, starting today. 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