• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Board okays revised graduation policy

The Woodford County Board of Education agreed to send revised language for graduation requirements to the high school's site-based council on Monday night. The original language for a revised graduation policy was reviewed by board members during last week's planning meeting, and they requested additional language to ensure all students demonstrate job skill proficiency before they graduate from Woodford County High School. Under the revised policy going back to the site-based council for review, WCHS grads can earn a diploma with 26 credits, a "Pre-College Diploma" with 28 credits, and an "Honors Diploma" with 30 credits. A provision that would have required all students to earn at least 28 credits to graduate from WCHS beginning with the 2018 graduating class was removed. If the site-based council signs off on the revised language recommended by the Board of Education, a first reading of the revised graduation policy will likely happen in March. All provisions in the revised graduation policy will affect WCHS students beginning with the Class of 2018. Preschool pilot A pilot program that focuses on getting students ready to learn is being introduced in preschool classrooms across the district, Chief Academic Officer Jimmy Brehm told board members. "Minds in Motion" seeks to increase a preschool student's balance and learning capabilities by having them do 15 different exercises focused on specific goals. One exercise, Bean Bag Boogie, develops a preschool student's eye-hand coordination. "It's getting your body and mind ready for the learning that takes place," said Brehm. He said the district's occupational and physical therapists, Rhonda Wade and Jennie Hayes, came to him with the idea for this pilot program for preschoolers at the beginning of the school year. "It's just a perfect example of our staff saying, 'Hey, let's try something new. Let's try something different.' And I just think that's fantastic and should be celebrated," said Brehm. Congratulations Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins congratulated WCHS wrestlers Max Andreoni and Joey Roberts for capturing state championships in February. And he lauded the entire WCHS wrestling team for finishing "fourth overall to cap off a great season." Hawkins also offered his congratulations to the Woodford County Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team for winning a conference title. No school School will not be in session next Monday, March 6, because of a professional learning day for teachers. "We have solid plans in place to ensure this is a productive day for our staff members and a good springboard for work - not only for this year, but next year as well," said Hawkins. Board training Board members Karen Brock and Debby Edelen were recognized for earning certificates in advanced training in school leadership awarded by the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA). Edelen earned level two, three and four certifications in the KSBA Academy of Studies, while Brock earned a level two certification. Kentucky law mandates training based on a board member's years of service. Lower levels of training cover basics: a board's role, school finance, superintendent evaluations and facilities planning. Advanced certifications cover issues such as evaluating the board's own effectiveness, advanced budget planning, becoming better advocates for children, and the board's responsibilities in school and student assessment and accountability, according to a KSBA press release.

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