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KSBIT assessment on districts
Many of you may have received notification from the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust (KSBIT) that it plans on assessing present and prior members to eliminate a deficit in the Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Pool and/or its Property and Liability Self-Insurance Pool.
The assessment is estimated to be more than $50 million and while KSBIT has not indicated how much each district’s portion will be, the department is concerned about the potential impact this unanticipated assessment could have on districts. We are monitoring the situation and will share any pertinent information as it becomes available.
We understand current KSBIT members will continue to have uninterrupted coverage through June 20, 2013. You are reminded that Kentucky law requires school districts to carry insurance for school property, boilers, auto liability, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance. The Kentucky School Boards Association has indicated it is negotiating agreements with partners to assure future coverage options.
The Kentucky Department of Education is not involved with KSBIT and does not have any oversight of it.
We appreciate everyone’s participation in the grant process and hope that you will continue to seek and apply for beneficial grants for your regions, districts, and schools as they become available.
Awards are contingent upon available funding and regions, districts, and schools meeting all programmatic and budgetary requirements. A technical assistance visit will occur to address next steps to program implementation and to address any technical deficiencies or other questions related to the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant application.
For information about the regions receiving funds or if you have budget-related questions, please contact Lea Ann Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (502) 564-1979.
2013-2014 SEEK Forecast
The 2013-2014 SEEK Forecast has been posted to the web for districts to review. If your district would like to revise submitted trend data or if your district failed to provide district estimates in December, please e-mail Sarah Aitken at email@example.com
with any corrected data. The timeframe in which the data will be accepted is January 14-28. At close of business on January 28th, no further trend data will be accepted and all trend numbers received or system generated will be used for 2013-2014 SEEK Forecast payments in the months of July-September. On the 29th of January, an updated Forecast will be calculated and posted to KDE’s website.
Optional January Growth Factor Report due to KDE
Attached is the January Growth Factor Reference document for the 2012-2013 January Growth Factor Report.
The January Growth Factor is optional. All school districts should indicate whether they will or will not apply to Steve Young via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The January Growth Factor is due to KDE five days after the last day of the school month chosen with the most attendance days in January of the current school year but not later than February 20 of each school year. The January Growth Factor Report includes the following information for the school month chosen with the most attendance days in January of the current school year: aggregate days attendance and absence; race and gender count; home and hospital; adjustments for less than full-time attendance (Partial Day); nonresident/non-contract students; and overage and underage students. All information is reported by school, grade level, and by transportation code.
The January Growth Factor report should be submitted via the Kentucky Department of Education website. The link for submission is http://odss.education.ky.gov/jangrowthfactor/
. Once on the page please follow the steps accordingly.
Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day 2013 is Wednesday, February 6. On this day, thousands of students, educators, parents and community members across Kentucky and the nation will celebrate the power of technology in the classroom. Check out the Kentucky Department of Education website for ideas on how your district or school may be able to participate in Digital Learning Day, 2013.
PGES Winter Summit
Registration is open until Friday, January 18th for the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) Winter Summits. If your district has not registered for one of the regional summits, you are strongly encouraged to do so this week.
In preparation for the statewide pilot in the 2013-14 school year, instructional leaders from all 174 districts will gather to learn more about PGES and deepen their knowledge about the system. Districts can send up to six representatives to participate in one of the summits. Please consider a team including a teacher, principal, central office staff member and the superintendent.
The summits will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; locations are listed on the Winter Summit Registration website. Each participant in the Winter Summit must register.
Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award
Nominations are now open for the Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. Sponsored by the Secretary of State’s office, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the Kentucky Department of Education, the award recognizes individuals for their extraordinary efforts to promote civic engagement among Kentucky students.
Any P-16 teacher, school administrator, educational leader, legislator or community organization leader who has made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be engaged and responsible citizens is eligible for the award. You may wish to apply or nominate a colleague.
One finalist will be selected from each Kentucky Sweet 16 region. Prizes, including a plaque for each finalist and a $500 award to be used toward resources or equipment for the winner’s school or program will be presented at a ceremony during the KHSAA Men’s Basketball Sweet 16 Tournament in Lexington.
For more information, see the attached file or go to the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ky.gov
. Please direct any questions to Matt Daley at email@example.com
or (502) 782-7403.
Kentucky Teacher: Education Legislation, Virtual Choir, Special School Visits
Kentucky Teacher, the Kentucky Department of Education’s award-winning online publication, is the place to go to stay abreast of what is happening in Kentucky’s public schools and with education reform initiatives in the state.
Here’s a look at what’s coming in Kentucky Teacher this week:
• The 2013 legislative session is in full swing and Tracy Goff-Herman, KDE’s legislative liaison, has the scoop on what’s happening in the education arena during this year’s short session.
• Read about how the Floyd County school district has taken its choir virtual, and in the process helped students master new technology and overcome their fear of performing.
• Starting kindergarten can be scary. But South Hancock Elementary School has come up with some special school visits designed to help ease some of those fears. KDE photographer Amy Wallot shares some pictures from one of the visits.
Make sure you don’t miss anything in Kentucky Teacher by signing up at the top of the right column on the homepage to receive e-mail updates whenever new stories are added (usually 1-2 times a week). Rest assured, we won’t share your e-mail address.
We want to hear from you too, so send your comments, feedback or story suggestions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or post your comments online.
Kentucky Teacher is produced by KDE’s Division of Communications.
Items from Outside Agencies
PLEASE NOTE: Inclusion of items in this section does not constitute endorsement by the Kentucky Department of Education or the Commissioner of Education.
Kentucky Reading Project
The Kentucky Reading Project (KRP) is a professional development program that focuses on Senate Bill 1 (2009) mandates, Kentucky Core Academic Standards, college and career readiness preparation and formative assessments.
KRP is a yearlong graduate-level course centered on research-based reading instruction. It is taught by literacy faculty at each of the eight state universities. Teachers in grades K-5 may participate in KRP and will receive a stipend and graduate credit upon completion of the course in May 2014. The National Center for Family Literacy provides one day of training at each site. This initiative is directed by the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development; more than 3,000 educators have been trained through this program in 14 years.
To find more information about KRP and the application for the 2013-14 cadre please follow this link. Applications are due Friday, February 22, 2013.
Rogers Scholars applications accepted through Jan. 31
The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications from rising high school juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky for the 2013 summer sessions of the Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.
The program provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for high school students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area to receive the skills needed to become the region’s next generation of leaders. The Rogers Scholars program is provided free of charge to participants. Lodging and meals for the week are included in the program.
Students apply during their sophomore year in high school and are selected through a competitive screening process to attend one of two summer leadership sessions of the Rogers Scholars program.
Applicants may download a copy of the application form by visiting the Rogers Scholars website at www.rogersscholars.com
. All application forms must be completed and mailed to The Center for Rural Development, 2292 S. Highway 27, Suite 300, Somerset, Ky., 42501, by Jan. 31, 2013.
The Center, a nonprofit organization based in Somerset, Ky., serves Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe counties.
For more information, contact Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator, at 606-677-6000 or email email@example.com
Dream Out Loud Contest
Kentucky students in grades K-6 have a chance to win $1,500 toward college and $500 for their school in the “Dream Out Loud Challenge.” Students are invited to submit an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question: “How will I change the world after I go to college?”
The challenge, sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT), is intended to remind families that it is never too early to start saving and planning for higher education.
One winner will be chosen from each of two submission categories — drawing or video and essay or poem—in grades K-2, grades 3-4 and grades 5-6. The winning students will receive a $1,500 KESPT college savings account, and their schools will win $500. The contest runs January 21 through March 22, 2013. Entries must be postmarked by March 22 and received by March 27.
to learn more about the challenge, including official rules and a complete description of entry requirements.
Creative Writing Contest
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is sponsoring a creative writing contest, Future World: How would you like to pay for that? The contest asks juniors and seniors in high school to explain in an essay, play, short story or poem what the future looks like to them – Is there cash or are smartphones the primary forms of payment for goods and services? What are the costs and benefits they envision in Future World? As they craft their compositions, students must think about what economic concepts impact Future World and whether there are any unintended consequences.
Submissions must be postmarked on or before Feb. 28, 2013. The winning students are awarded cash gift cards as prizes and the teachers who sponsor students receive gift bags and bragging rights. Please visit http://www.clevelandfed.org/learning_center
for more information.
The National WWII Museum announces 2013 Student Essay Contest theme (Attachment)Attached
is information about the National WWII Museum’s 2013 High School Essay Contest and 2013 Middle School Essay Contest.