STEARNS — The McCreary County Board of Education’s October meeting was held Thursday at McCreary Central High School.
Among the highlights of the agenda was unanimous approval of a Memorandum of Agreement with Berea College to participate in the GEAR UP program as well as the creation of an Academic Specialist position to support the program.
GEAR UP is a program which will follow the district’s current 7th graders until one year after high school graduation.
The students benefit from academic and family support as well as college/career coaching.
Member Brandon Kidd questioned what the district would do if the grant funding is cut after the current seven years. By that time, the teacher in the Academic Specialist position would have earned tenure. Superintendent Wright said the teacher would have a position in his or her certified subject and added the program would be great for the district.
The recently awarded grant to Berea expands its Partners for Education's service region to include Barbourville Independent, Casey County, Clinton County, Cumberland County, East Bernstadt Independent, Harlan County, Jenkins Independent, Letcher County, Lincoln County, McCreary, Middlesboro Independent, Somerset Independent, Wayne County, and Whitley County school districts.
Partners for Education will receive $5.5 million annually for the next 7 years from the new GEAR UP grant. The funds enable Partners for Education and their extensive network of strategic partners to provide services to nearly 7,000 students, their parents, and schools. To learn more about Partners for Education's programs and services, visit: http://partners.berea.edu/programs/.
In other news, Kidd, Nelda Gilreath and Debbie Gibson ap-proved new attorney Jeff Hoover’s letter of engagement with nay votes from Roxanne Shook and Larry Davis.
Source: McCreary County Record