“I know you’re all glad we’re going to be losing our jobs,” joked VPAT and member and Kentucky Department of Education employee Carol Higdon. She said she that although there were districts she dreaded going to, she had always looked forward to coming to Trigg County once a month. Now that the district has met its NCLB goals two years in a row and is out of tier designation, Higdon won’t be coming back, which she said would be like “losing a party of my body.”
Superintendent Tim McGinnis said the school board had made the right decision in asking the VPAT to visit the district and the individual schools once a month. Although some districts facing consequences from low NCLB scores had opted to invite their VPATs to visit every other month or less, McGinnis said the monthly visits had kept them focused on the task at hand and “kept us honest.” VPAT and Kentucky School Board Association member Bill Lovell thanked the board for its cooperation and for striving for improvement. He said that most school boards in the state do not devote a portion of their meetings to lengthy principals’ reports and talking about what the schools needed to do to raise test scores.
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