The Floyd County School System was featured on the November edition of KET’s Education Matters. The edition, entitled, “Meeting the Challenges of Poverty,” discussed what schools and districts are doing to overcome barriers and give students the tools needed to succeed.
KET visited May Valley Elementary and interviewed various people, including Supt. Dr. Henry Webb, May Valley Principal Greta Thornsberry, and Stumbo Elementary Principal Donna Robinson.
Superintendent Webb was a panelist for the episode, along with Dr. Roger Cleveland, professor of educational leadership and policy studies, Eastern Kentucky University; Dreama Gentry, executive director, Partners for Education, Berea College; Dr. Terry Holliday, commissioner of education, Kentucky Department of Education; and Dr. Eugenia Toma, Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy, University of Kentucky.
“Poverty is a very real challenge to many of our students and families,” Webb said. “And we know that education is the opportunity to overcome that challenge. Being in poverty doesn’t mean you can’t learn at high levels and being recognized as a district that focuses on overcoming barriers for kids to learn and be successful shows that we are on the right track to becoming a district of excellence for kids.
“We’re excited to show that building relationships, raising expectations and addressing students’ needs can set the stage for students to be successful regardless of challenges they may have. We’re excited to know that we have a team in our district that actively strives for excellence, to find what works and to ensure that our KIDS are getting a world-class education.”
You can view the episode online at http://www.ket.org/educationmatters/