- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Recent editorials for Kentucky newspapers:

Dec. 3

The State Journal on the importance of student attendance at the beginning of the school year:

It is no secret that one of the most crucial keys to success is to show up - which is exactly what students at Western Hills High School did on Statewide High Attendance Day in September.

In fact, WHHS won the large division school category with a 96.73% attendance rate that day, said Franklin County Schools Pupil Personnel Director Kyle Sexton, who relayed the results to the school board at Monday evening’s meeting.

Officials stress the importance of attendance at the beginning of the school year because absenteeism in the first month can be an indicator of poor turnout for the remainder of the year. Roughly half of the students who miss two to four days of school in September will end up missing nearly a month of school by the time the end of the year rolls around. According to Attendance Works.org., more than 8 million students miss about a month of school each year.

The ill effects of poor attendance can start early. Statistics show that one in 10 kindergartners and first grade students are chronically absent, which can hinder progress. Those who don’t consistently attend school run the risk of being held back if they are not able to read proficiently by the end of third grade. Missing school is also a leading indicator that a student will drop out in high school.

However, students can better their chances of graduating by improving attendance. As a district, FCS had an average attendance rate of 94.98% for the third month of the school year, which includes days in October and November. Collins Lane Elementary led with 96.66% followed by WHHS with 94.95% and Bondurant Middle with 95.41%.

We commend Western Hills students and staff for emphasizing the value of showing up and being a leader not just in Franklin County but all of the state.

Online: https://www.state-journal.com/


Dec. 1

The Daily Independent on a grant from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to help county fairs:

It’s both encouraging and reassuring to see Greenup County and Lawrence County fairs receive help through grants.

The grants, which come from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, supply a boost to and pump some optimism into county fairs, in general.

Maybe you’re one of those folks who is a been-to-one-been-to-all type person when it comes to fairs. Perhaps you’re one who flocks to fairs whenever they’re open.

If you’re the latter, what’s the draw?

For some, it’s the aroma of piping hot corn dogs and funnel cakes. For others, it’s specific events like a horse show, beauty pageant or motocross. There may even be some of you who enjoy the rides, even though they don’t always appear to be the safest of attractions. And don’t forget the games and prizes.

Still, there’s something special about a fair. It offers a sense of community, too, which is always a positive.

The Greenup County fair can now replace broken-down barns while Lawrence County is concentrating on constructing a show arena to serve as a centerpiece for the new fairgrounds.

As reported by Mike James in Friday’s edition, the agriculture department awarded $93,750 to the Greenup board and $43,300 to the Lawrence board. Each grant pays 75% of the total project cost and the fair boards put up the 25% match, according to the department.

These are encouraging developments because we’d hate to fairs fold. Like smalltown newspapers (ah-hem), county fairs still possess life and can still thrive, even.

Look at the Great Geauga County Fair in Burton, Ohio. It’s stood the test of time. That fair has been in operation every year since 1823.

Anything that brings local people together in one setting is good and should be supported.

It’s nice to see the Kentucky Department of Agriculture assisting both the Greenup County and Lawrence County fairgrounds.

Online: https://www.dailyindependent.com/


Nov. 27

The News-Enterprise on a new mission underway by a regional state planning center:

In a series of community meetings, the Lincoln Trail Area Development District is introducing Mission Knox, its upbeat name for the federal compatible use plan.

The CUPs plan, itself a new name for the former Joint Land Use Study, is looking for ways to collect input on how the post and its neighbors can best grow together. Local officials describe the goal as being better partners by reducing encroachment.

Through this a series of information-gathering sessions, the development district staff will compile the thoughts and insights in a search for priorities. The study includes mitigation measures, implementation planning and eventually more community involvement.

Clearly, Fort Knox is a major economic engine for the region. Lincoln Trail ADD is a regional state planning center aimed at development and growth. Looking for ways to collaborate are important to the overall success.

Hopefully, this Mission Knox effort will provide insight important to developing new missions and helping the Army fully utilize this great resource.

Efforts like this one and the Knox Regional Development Alliance keep the focus on Fort Knox’s value to us all.

Online: http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/


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