LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
“I do feel like our teachers are really analyzing their scores and asking, ‘What can we do?’ and have been very open to suggestions,” Principal Teresa Smith said. “I feel like we are going to get there, it’s just going to take a little while. And 80 percent is a really high goal.”
Another useful tool being utilized by East Bernstadt Independent comes in the form of Kentucky’s Kindergarten Readiness results. The scores show how only about 49 percent of students entering kindergarten are actually prepared for it. The tests look at letter recognition, song recognition, coloring with crayons, cutting with scissors, and other related motor skills.
“We’ve got kids entering kindergarten who can hold a pencil and some that have never seen a pencil,” Kesler said. “You’ve got kids who have attended preschool and some who have not had any help at all.”
The idea is to let parents know what preschoolers need to work on before entering kindergarten. Smith suggested worksheets be handed out to parents at kindergarten orientation in the spring.
Other business included:
• Construction on East Bernstadt’s facilities is nearly complete. Only the building’s exterior needs to be finished, being held up due to inclement weather. Workers will be coming back to paint, complete remaining floor tiles and insert classroom dividers. Bathroom floors will be laid during Spring Break. The gym is scheduled to be finished by mid-August.
• The board is looking into changing the wording of their athletic policy. Player eligibility – specifically for transfer students – has been confusing parents; and the board wants to make sure rules are fair for all students.
• The board approved increasing custodial hours to accommodate for East Bernstadt’s new renovations. The custodial staff will now have three full-time workers each evening from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.