Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications, will talk Kentucky issues at 6:30 pm (EDT) on Thursday, May 26, on “Kentuckiana GrassRoots Radio.”
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District lacks capability/capacity to turn high school around
Talk about a school district in chaos! Check this comment!
“The dysfunctional relationship among the local school board, superintendent, high school staff, school council and union is impeding the district’s ability to meet the needs of the students.”
Quote from: Newport Independent District Leadership Assessment Report dated 04/24/2011 to 04/29/2011
Newport High School was recently declared one of Kentucky’s ‘Persistently Low-Achieving Schools.’ That means both the school and the district required leadership audits.
The resulting “Newport Independent District Leadership Assessment Report” dated 04/24/2011 to 04/29/2011, is now available on line.
Aside from the quote above, there is much cause for concern about how this district has been managed by Superintendent Michael Brandt, whose 2010-11 salary of $174,344.34 ranks him the seventh highest paid superintendent among Kentucky’s 174 school districts.
Out of 88 ‘Indicators for School Improvement’ examined by the audit team, the report cites a large number of areas, over 80 of them, where the district either has made only limited development/implementation of education reforms or essentially has yet to start the process at all.
Worst of all, the report says:
“District leadership does not have the capability and capacity to manage the intervention of Newport High School.”
It’s got to be time for a management change when the leadership can’t cope with its responsibilities with its high school.
By the way, among the 10 school districts to date that have had one or more of their schools tagged as Persistently Low-Achieving, leadership audits returned a similar finding of no confidence in only one other case – the Leslie County School System.
Find all the recent leadership assessment reports for schools and districts on line here.
“The Jefferson County education establishment worships the gods of Diversity and Political Correctness like the Canaanites worshiped Moloch. Child sacrifice is nothing new.” –Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst, The Family Foundation of Kentucky
In case you have not been keeping up, there has been a recent outbreak of tax “incentives”. Various companies have been handpicked for tax
favors incentives for expanding their operations. Most recently a theme park in-progress in Northern Kentucky received $43 million in tax breaks as well as securing an additional $11 million in road improvements.
As I mentioned yesterday, I am all for tax breaks – in fact, we should extend them to every single business in the state. The problem lies with the origin, oversight and application of these “incentives”.
Where in Frankfort is there a check and balance for this type of activity? Who decides what businesses receive tax breaks, how much they are granted, and what unfortunate entrepreneurs are stuck paying the full tax rate.
I would think that most businesses would like to have $11 million in road improvements around their operations. Why is this process not transparent?
Contact your state legislator and tell them you want this process to be more transparent!