BETSY LAYNE – The Floyd County Board of Education held its September meeting at Betsy Layne Elementary School on Monday. Several were in attendance to join board members as they recognized various clubs and individual students in the county for their academic achievements and community involvement.
The Betsy Layne High School Beta Club and National Honor Society, sponsored by Vicki Ratliff, was recognized for their volunteer efforts at the Floyd County Early Childhood Council for School Reediness event held at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).
“We are all friends and we enjoy volunteering in the community and working with the young kids,” said Elizabeth Hoffman, a member of the National Honor Society at Betsy Layne High School.
Multiple students were honored for being Governor’s Scholars. Faith Thornsbury, Victoria Johnson, and Hannah Depoy, were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements in the Governor’s Scholar’s program. Zach Akers and Kaylee Williams were not in attendance but were also recognized for being Governor’s Scholars. Cameron Goble was also not in attendance but was recognized for being a Governor’s Scholars of the Arts.
Once the recognizing of students was completed, Matt Wireman, Chief Financial Officer for Floyd County Schools, presented to the board for consideration the FY 2017 Final Working Budget. No one had objections to the projected Final Working Budget.
John Kidd, Betsy Layne Elementary Principal, had the opportunity to show the board and those in attendance the success and the good work his staff has been doing to accomplish tremendous academic success for BLES students. He was proud to discuss achievements such as being named a Distinguished Middle School, being a proficient-high program (Elementary School), earning state and regional recognition in band and music, claiming regional STLP and Science Olympiad recognition, being the K-5 district champions in basketball, the cheerleaders winning a district title and having a Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child” winner.
“We have set goals and have a game plan to help us achieve those goals,” said Kidd. “We have the best staff of any school in Floyd County. I see my teachers in the hallway interacting with students giving them high-five to encourage their hard work. They celebrate their students’ success.”
A goal of BLES is to become a Distinguished School. Kidd explained some of the strategies his staff uses to ensure students understand the concepts of being taught and no student being left behind.
“We monitor student progress through regular benchmark scores using the Star Math and Star Reading programs,” Kidd added. “For middle school students, we promote college and career readiness by offering students the opportunity to take Algebra 1 and Integrated Science to achieve high school credit while still in middle school.”
The meeting ended with board members going in to executive session. Once the board members returned, Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb encouraged everyone to join him in celebrating the success and achievement of all Floyd County Schools at Prestonsburg High School on Oct. 3. The event on Oct. 3 will begin at 6:30 p.m. Webb asked staff to encourage their students to attend this celebration that would not happen with them. Buses will be available for students who need transportation to and from the event.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.