GCS sees decrease in kindergarten readiness


CTE Awards presented

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Grayson County Schools (GCS) has reported a decrease in the percentage of students prepared for kindergarten this year.

During the regular Thursday, Feb. 11 meeting of the Grayson County School Board, GCS Director of Special Education and Preschool Monica Heavrin presented the results from the 2015-2016 Kindergarten Brigance Screener.

According to the test results, approximately 36.7 percent of students entering kindergarten in the Grayson County school district at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year were ready for kindergarten.

63.3 percent of incoming kindergarteners were not ready for kindergarten at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.

This is a decrease from last year, when the brigance testing showed 45.4 percent of students entering kindergarten in the Grayson County school district were prepared to do so, according to the results.

281 of the 286 students enrolled in kindergarten this year participated in the testing, for a total of 98.3 percent.

The percentages of students prepared for kindergarten, divided by school, are as follows:

Caneyville Elementary – 29 percent

Clarkson Elementary – 45.1 percent

Lawler Elementary – 44.1 percent

H.W. Wilkey Elementary – 28.8 percent

The state average was 50 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, and this year saw it move to 50.1 percent.

Heavrin said the brigance screener is “a critical lens, but, I think, it’s one we need to look through.”

Districtwide, 74.5 percent of screened incoming kindergartners were considred socially prepared for school; 23.5 percent were considered average or above average in academic/cognitive testing; 68.4 percent were considered average or above average in language development; 42.4 percent were considered average or above average in physical development; and 49.2 percent were considered average or above average in self-help.

In other business:

*Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers recognized students in CTE classes for outstanding achievement in honor of CTE Month.

*Superintendent Doug Robinson presented Energy Star awards to H.W. Wilkey and Lawler Elementary Schools.

*The School Board approved the following items with one motion:

a. Non-resident contracts with surrounding districts;

b. Declaring Bus #0203, #0249, and #0250 as surplus property;

c. A resolution authorizing the Superintendent to act for and on behalf of the School Board in connection with the sale of used school buses that have been and are hereby declared surplus by the Board and the participation of the Board in the pooled used bus sale conducted by the Kentucky Interlocal School Transportation Association on behalf of participating school districts;

d. Applying for emergency certification for Julie Decker in the area of Special Education;

e. Applying for emergency certification for Halee Johnston in the area of Special Education;

f. Entering into a 48-month lease agreement with Pitney Bowes for a DM125 desktop mailing system with integrated weighing platform to be placed at Grayson County Middle School (GCMS). The cost is $56 per month and includes repair and maintenance service for equipment;

g. Lawler Elementary School’s PTO’s holding a school-wide Color Run fundraiser on April 23. All the proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of new reading texts;

h. Five trip requests from Grayson County High School;

i. Two trip requests from GCMS;

j. And a request from an employee for a leave of absence from Feb. 9, 2016 through March 1, 2016.

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CTE Awards presented

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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