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Holliday Needs To Reevaluate & Learn From What We’ve Already Done

Posted in Herald-Leader, In The News, Point of View, Winchester Sun with tags , , , , , , on May 22, 2013 by Joan Graves

ImageIt is beyond ridiculous that the state leader in education launches an attack on the last day of school. Clark County has an opportunity to start fresh. We have a new board and will soon have a new superintendent. You did that Clark County. You took a stand and said enough is enough. YOU brought change. YOU were doing something when Frankfort was ignoring us.

If Terry Holliday had actually been paying attention to Clark County he would know that we are a community that fights back against bullies. We are a community that cares. We are a community united and committed. And when a strong community comes together as we have people like Holliday don’t stand a chance.

We have come too far and achieved too much to have someone who doesn’t have the first inkling of what is going on here to threaten and bully us. There is absolutely NO reason to think that we cannot succeed on the state level as we have locally. We’re smarter, more experienced, organized and we’ve got the power of the people.

Stand Up Clark County and show Terry Holliday he picked the wrong community at the right time.

Trapp Elementary Gets Blue Ribbon & Demonstrates CCPS Potential

Posted in Encouragement, Herald-Leader, In The News, National Stories, School Board Election 2012, Winchester Sun with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2012 by Joan Graves
The logo for the Natonal Blue Ribbon Schools p...

The logo for the Natonal Blue Ribbon Schools program, awarded to JP2 in 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This evening parents and citizens are meeting to discuss the district’s plan to merge Conkwright and Clark Middle Schools. An overwhelming number of community members are against the proposal with very good reason. The Clark County Board of Education also seeks to close Trapp and other Elementary Schools for the same purpose. Yet, it is the smaller elementary schools that are the highest achieving in the district, state and nation.

Trapp Elementary leaders are currently preparing for a trip to Washington D.C. to collect a high honor. The U.S. Department of Education announced in September that Trapp Elementary will receive the coveted Blue Ribbon Award. Private schools are often touted as top schools and are considered in the running for the Blue Ribbon Award. Despite the competition it was a little public school in Winchester, KY that caught the eye of  U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential,” Duncan said. “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.”

In a time of educational turmoil our little schools are getting the job done. Time and again they rise to the challenge and meet the goals that our board and superintendent say can not be met. Every teacher, worker, administrator and student at Trapp deserves recognition. On behalf of the community we say thank you Trapp for breaking the mold and demonstrating the capabilities of our students and teachers. We are so pleased to be a part of the community you have chosen to serve and improve.

Stand Up Clark County for Trapp Elementary!