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Superintendent ready to another busy year of curriculum changes

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The building frenzy experienced by the district over the past decade as started to slow.

    But the momentum experienced in the classroom over the past few years continues to grow upon a solid foundation.

    Entering his fourth year as leader of the Bullitt County Public School System, superintendent Keith Davis is eager to see the 12,000 students return to class on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

    Concerns over having the new Brooks Elementary and the new Crossroads Elementary ready for the first day of school have been addressed.

    Davis said both schools will be ready, although the bleachers may not be installed yet at Crossroads and the gym may not be ready for use at Brooks.

    The construction cycle of the past 10 years will come to an end next fall.

    Davis said work continues to extensively renovate Lebanon Junction and Cedar Grove elementary school and at Hebron Middle, which will be the last project to be completed.

    When the new year begins, Hebron students will probably be eating at the North Bullitt lunchroom for a few weeks. Everyone else should be in good shape, although Cedar Grove students will probably eat lunch in the gym.

    While much attention is paid to construction, Davis said he is more worried about the growing curriculum needs in a state which has cut $2.5 million in local funding over the past three years.

    The superintendent is very pleased with the MAP assessment program and this year’s goal is to learn how to better use the data that is available.

    “We are becoming more data driven,” said Davis. “We must better use the data we have.”

    Some of that includes individual behavior plans for students who are struggling.

    The state continues its push to reduce the gaps between various groups, such as those on free and reduced lunches.

    Another area Davis said must be addressed is the dropout rates and the retention rates.

    A school targeted is North Bullitt High, which had one of the highest retention rates. However, a more recent report saw that number improve.

    “The culture is changing,” said Davis. “We have a lot of good feelings going on but we can’t become complacent.”

    Davis said the district has a long way to go to become the best in the state. But he said everyone in the district is working hard to make that possible. If they aren’t, Davis said those employees might be looking for employment elsewhere.

    “We have a tremendous group of teachers and administrators,” said Davis. “We just have to keep working.”

    A new evaluation process for principals will be used and that will hopefully give the educational leaders some input on how they are perceived in the schools.

    With that information, Davis said assistance could be provided, if needed.

    Currently, most positions are filled. The lone principal’s position left open is at Bernheim Middle, where Bob Bright took a similar position closer to home in LaRue County. Nita Neal is the interim principal.

    Davis said he feels good about the upcoming school year. He said test scores are improving and the employees all seem to buy into the idea of superior customer service and using the data to make sure all children can learn.