GRETHEL – The Floyd County Board of Education met at John M. Stumbo Elementary School on Monday. John M. Stumbo Principal Donna Robinson and Betsy Layne Elementary School Principal John Kidd presented a briefing of their schools’ achievements for the past schoolyear along with goals and objectives for the upcoming schoolyear during the meeting.
John M. Stumbo Elementary scored an 81.5 ranking in the 99th percentile based on the Next Generation Achievement ranking it as 19th in the state of Kentucky. John M. Stumbo Middle School scored an impressive 85.1 ranking in the 99th percentile, giving it the honor of being the top-ranked middle school in the state of Kentucky and the top-ranked school in Floyd County. JMS also was ranked the most improved middle school in the state of Kentucky.
Strategies for improvement at John M. Stumbo for the upcoming school year include full implementation of a school-wide RTI plan, professional development on raising rigor, whole brain teaching/power teaching, incorporating higher order questioning and formative assessment lessons, assessments that mirror state testing (timed, material, and difficulty level) and individual, team, and school-wide goal setting.
The Next Generation growth at John M. Stumbo for elementary grades was 75 percent and middle grades was 56.4 percent.
John M. Stumbo promotes college and career readiness by using advisor/advisee classes that review specific books outlining various skills. The sixth grade class reviewed The Essential 55 by Ron Clark. The seventh grade class reviewed the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. The eighth grade class reviewed The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey. In addition to starting in sixth grade by reviewing various study methods and habits on how to be successful, the seventh and eighth grade classes visited a college campus.
“I cannot stress enough what a wonderful staff we have here and I truly believe we have experts in their field on staff,” said John M. Stumbo Principal Donna Robinson. “A key to our success is the staff. Our staff is flexible. If we see a flat tire, we fix it. 11 years ago we ranked in the bottom 10 schools in the state. Our scores speak for themselves and our staff.”
“Teachers and Administrators are sharing best practices. If one school is doing something that is working, they share it with the district,” Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb, commenting on the improvements and growth of JMS and BLES. “This sharing of best practices is a key to our continued growth in the district.”
The specific growth and improvement scores of BLES will be published in Friday’s edition.
An update was also given on the progress of the new Floyd County Central High School. The project continues to be a month and a half to two months ahead of schedule. New drain pipe and electrical conduit is being installed. The contractor bragged on the quality of masonry work being done as masonry work is currently approximately 40 days ahead of schedule.
A change was submitted to the Betsy Layne High School Phase I Early Site Package. An addition was made to do soil remediation that had not been a part of the first bid and was not a part of the Phase I Early Site Package.
Floyd County Board member Jeff Stumbo made a motion to accept the request and approval to do soil remediation.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.