PRESTONSBURG – Floyd County Schools held a special called Board of Education meeting at Prestonsburg High School to celebrate the students, staff and community in achieving amazing results on state assessments on Monday. Buses were provided for students who wanted to attend the night’s celebration. The roar of the crowd was loud, similar to district tournament time in Floyd County. Only Monday it wasn’t athletics being celebrated – it was academics.
The night’s event began as April Davis, a student at Prestonsburg High School, sang the Star-Spangled Banner.
Board Chair Jeff Stumbo welcomed the crowd of cheering students. Bleachers were packed as staff, students, parents and grandparents came out to celebrate the academic achievements of Floyd County Schools.
Special guest Greg Stumbo addressed the crowd by talking about how proud he was to have the opportunity to sponsor the Kentucky Education Reform Act.
“We asked everyone to have faith in us and they did,” Stumbo, who received a standing ovation from the crowd, said. “The hard part of education is when the rubber meets the road. It is the teachers in the classroom challenging students everyday to be their best. You have proven there is nothing wrong with Eastern Kentucky.”
Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb took over the evening as he addressed the crowd, highlighting the positive overall district performance. Floyd County Schools has 18 schools scoring Proficient or better. Every high school is Proficient or higher and every middle and elementary school is Distinguished.
“One of the most positive findings from this year’s state assessment is having five elementary schools in the state’s Top 20; having the number one middle School in the state for the second consecutive year and having three of the Top 20 middle schools,” said Webb. “Floyd County is the highest preforming school system in the region.”
Excitement filled the air in the Prestonsburg High School Fieldhouse as Dr. Webb began to recognize each school for its individual achievements. Allen Central High School and Betsy Layne High School bands played as Webb noted the achievements of the district and individual schools.
“It is wonderful to see so many students, staff and families come out in support of academic achievements,” said Betsy Layne High School Assistant Principal Terri Hall. “This is what we work toward daily. Celebrations like tonight make students see academic success is cool.”
Floyd County had 12 schools of Distinction; Adams Middle, Allen Central Middle, Allen Elementary (K-5), Allen Elementary (6-8), Betsy Layne Elementary (K-5), Betsy Layne Middle (6-8), James A. Duff Elementary, John M. Stumbo Elementary, (K-5), May Valley Elementary, Prestonsburg Elementary, South Floyd Middle (6-8), and W.D. Osborne Elementary. Three schools scored Distinguished: Betsy Layne High School, John M. Stumbo Elementary (6-8), and McDowell Elementary and three scored Proficient; Allen Central High, Prestonsburg High, and South Floyd (9-12).
It was an amazing year for all Floyd County Schools. Five elementary schools were in the state’s Top 20; and John M. Stumbo scored as the number one middle school in the state for the second consecutive year. Betsy Layne Elementary was not far behind coming in at number and Allen Central Middle scored 17th in the state. It was obvious the passion and excitement Webb has for his district’s staff and students. He continued to announce Floyd County elementary schools who scored in the Top 20 in the state: BLES number 3, MVES number 5, AES number 9, Duff number 15 and JMS number 16.
“For the first time, no Floyd County school is in the Needs Improvement category,” Dr. Webb confided. “This is significant because it the shows all Floyd County kids are receiving a quality education.”
The evening came to a close as Dr. Webb challenged students and staff to push themselves even further.
“When people ask me what we are doing and how we are achieving such success I just say we are Team Floyd,” said Webb. “While we are more than thrilled with this amazing achievement, we’re already beginning discussions about new goals. But what we won’t change is continuing to raise expectations because until we have every child in every classroom mastering every concept and being college and career ready, then there’s work to do. That’s what we mean when we say “every child every day.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Schools. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.