The incoming president of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents says he fully backs efforts to increase the state's dropout age to 18.
Simpson County Superintendent Jim Flynn told WKU Public Radio he thinks some kids drop out because they know they aren't going to college. But Flynn believes the state is starting to do a better of identifying ways to help those not going into postsecondary education.
"Now that the state is focusing on multiple pathways into career and college readiness, it gives some students that may feel a little left out when the focus was simply on college readiness and proficiency only," says Flynn.
Flynn takes over as head of the state's Association of School Superintendents at the group's summer meeting this week in Bowling Green.
Future of Education Funding?
Flynn is hopeful that the state's improving economic outlook will boost chances for increased education funding.
The WKU Board of Regents will vote on the school’s next budget at a meeting Friday afternoon. The nearly $394 million spending plan for 2013-14 is a 1.4 percent increase over last year’s budget.
If approved, 46 percent of the revenue used to run WKU would come from tuition and student fees. Only 18 percent of the proposed budget comes from state funding.
The budget vote comes after several tumultuous months on the WKU campus. In April, the Council on Postsecondary Education rejected President Gary Ransdell’s request for a 5 percent tuition increase, granting just a 3 percent hike. Ransdell told WKU faculty and staff that the decision meant the school was going to have to cut jobs.
The Warren County Public School system has a new superintendent.
The Warren County Board of Education Tuesday night named Rob Clayton to succeed the retiring Tim Murley. Clayton has been the principal of South Oldham Middle School in Crestwood, KY for the past seven years. He's been in education for 20 years including the past 13 in administration.
Clayton says his three main goals are insuring the safety of students, assuring all students learn at a high level and that all graduates are ready for college or a career.
Clayton was one of three finalist the Warren County board interviewed. Board Chairman Kerry Young said Clayton stood out because of his leadership qualities.
The Warren County Board of Education will meet in special session Tuesday night to decide on a new superintendent.
The three finalists are Allen Barber, a Warren Central High School graduate who currently works in school administration in Eagle Point, Oregon. Rob Clayton is a middle school principal in Oldham County, Kentucky, and Dr. Franzy Fleck is a superintendent in Burbank, Illinois.
The new superintendent of Warren County public schools will take over for Tim Murley who retired earlier this year.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents held its quarterly meeting Friday at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Cumberland campus.
The board approved a $928,704,000 budget, which includes a tuition hike for students and a salary increase for faculty and staff for the 2013-14 academic year.
The budget includes a 2.86 percent increase in tuition for in-state students. Tuition will rise from $140 per credit hour to $144.
“KCTCS remains committed to providing Kentuckians with a quality education that is both affordable and convenient,” said Board Chairman P.G. Peeples. “Our statewide system of 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses continues to be the best postsecondary education value in the state.”
The board also adopted KCTCS President Michael B. McCall’s recommendations for a two percent salary increase for full-time faculty and staff. The two percent or $1,000 (whichever is larger) salary increase will apply to faculty and staff who receive favorable performance evaluations.