In Aug. 7-13 issueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporte
rABOVE: First grade students in Dana Ferguson’s class at Russell Springs Elementary were eager to get their school careers underway on the first day of classes Wednesday morning.
JAMESTOWN - Russell County's six public schools met federal No Child Left Behind goals, according to data released this week by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Russell County High School met all 11 of its goals and Jamestown Elementary School met its 12 goals to make adequate yearly progress.
Russell County Middle School, Russell Springs Elementary, Union Chapel Elementary and Salem Elementary each met 10 goals each to make adequate yearly progress.
Superintendent Scott Pierce said he had been making rounds and talking with teachers and administrators as school began this past Wednesday.
“School is off to a good start,” he said. “We've seen an adequate growth in school population at all the schools as well.”
Pierce said he was “extremely excited” about having met all NCLB goals and said the credit goes to the teachers, principals and students that made it happen.
“They worked very hard toward achieving these goals,” he said. “This was done under tough economic conditions and a loss of state and federal funds.”
Pierce said the school district's general fund had seen a loss over the past few months but said he wanted to remind the public that the district's building fund was completely separate from the general fund and money couldn't be diverted from one to the other.
Each individual school made overall progress as well as progress in mathematics and reading. The No Child Left Behind law uses test scores from the Kentucky Core Content Test to determine whether all groups of students are reaching required levels of performance.
Russell County's school district remains in the second tier of consequences Tier 2 which means administrators must notify parents, continue the school choice option, revise the school plan and offer supplemental educational services to students, if necessary.
All Russell County schools, except for the high school, have a Title I status which means their consequences for next year's results will be calculated based on the school and district’s Title 1 classification for the 2008-2009 school year.