The Grayson County Chamber of Commerce placed an emphasis on education during its August membership luncheon, held last Thursday, Aug. 11.
Following an introduction by Chamber of Commerce Executive Director April Spalding, Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason presented a proclamation honoring Dr. Thelma J. White with a Key to the City of Leitchfield in recognition of her retirement as President and CEO of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC).
White, who will retire at the end of August after 18 years of serving the Grayson County community, played an important role in the establishment of the Leitchfield ECTC Campus.
“The college is a jewel for you in this community,” said White, thanking the community for its support of ECTC. “I have been so pleased with this community.”
Following the Key to the City presentation, Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson spoke on behalf of the school district, which sponsored the August luncheon.
Grayson County’s 2016-2017 school year kicked off last week, and while “The first day of school is a wide range of emotions,” Robinson said, the new year is off to a successful start.
According to Robinson, one of the school district’s major goals for the coming year is to better communicate with the community.
Grayson County Schools surveyed the community last year about how better to communicate and, in response, is establishing Cooper Communication (C2), through which each school will have an individual to publicize the activities of his or her school.
Additionally, Grayson County Schools is developing an app for smart phones, which, Robinson said, will hopefully be available for free download by Labor Day.
The app will be capable of broadcasting a live feed from events, according to Robinson.
Robinson then discussed Grayson County Schools’ summer Meals on the Bus program, which provided free meals for county children from June 13 through July 28.
According to Robinson, the first Friday of Meals on the Bus, the school district served meals to 62 children. On the final Friday of Meals on the Bus, the school district served 550 children.
Robinson then discussed Grayson County Schools’ goals and plans for the new school year, the theme of which is “Go For the Gold.”
The school district has committed to technology grants, three of which will be provided internally to put Chromebooks and other technology in the hands of Grayson County’s students and teachers.
The school district is also taking new measures to ensure individual students’ needs are met.
Robinson said Grayson County Schools have formed data teams, consisting of groups of teachers who meet to discuss data on individual students to determine what type of instruction is most appropriate for them.
Robinson then issued the same challenge to Chamber of Commerce members that he issued to his employees:
1. Smile three more times than usual each day.
2. Complain less.
3. Encourage more.
4. Give more (genuine) compliments.
“Take those four challenges to heart,” Robinson said. “Think about the impact those can have.”
According to Robinson, those challenges are meant to help the school district and anyone else who accepts them maintain the enthusiasm one feels at the start of the school year throughout the year.
“We, all of us in this room, are Grayson County Schools,” said Robinson in closing.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.