Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Dear Fleming Countians,
Over the past several weeks, I have spoken to several parents, community members, and coaches about the athletic program in Fleming County Schools. Topics of the conversation ranged from the condition of the athletic facilities, the number of athletic scholarships, to summer development opportunities, youth events, and athletic fundraising.
The concerns that have been brought to my attention over the past several weeks are important – and, as a district, we must take note and work to address as many as possible. Unfortunately, some of the concerns will take some time to address, but many can be addressed quickly. Likewise, many of the concerns cannot be solved by the district alone. Instead, it will take a team of teachers, parents, coaches, and community members working together to make significant and sustainable changes.
Our students deserve the best opportunities possible. Students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, and the community have worked tirelessly over the past five years to increase student achievement. As a result, Fleming County Schools is among the top districts in Kentucky. Though academics is always our first priority, athletics also plays an important role in the K-12 experience. Though we have made some positive changes in athletics over the years, we also have made our fair share of mistakes. To be a District of Distinction, we must never fear owning both our successes and our failures. There is no reason we cannot have the best academic and athletic programs in Kentucky. All it takes is commitment, collaboration, and a clear vision.
I take pride in listening to students, teachers, staff, parents and community members. Though I can’t fix some of the concerns that are brought to my attention, I do listen and my door is always open. Based on the complexities relating to many of the concerns, Fleming County Schools will be forming a district-wide athletic committee (or taskforce) that will be charged with helping the district to develop a five-year athletic strategic plan, beginning with an athletic program evaluation to be conducted as soon as possible.
The Athletic Committee will be chaired and co-chaired by a parent, community or business representative, with logistical assistance provided by the district. The committee members will be made up of: one administrator from an elementary school, one administrator from Simons Middle School, one administrator from Fleming County High School, six parents (one from each school), two community members, one business representative, and the district finance officer. Parent representatives will be selected by each school's SBDM Council. The goal is to make sure that the committee has the autonomy to fulfill its purpose and also engage members who have the first-hand knowledge to navigate the complexities and the willingness to commit to a year of discussion and planning so that our students have the best opportunities possible.
The committee, once the five-year plan has been completed, will present to the Fleming County Board of Education for approval and implementation. This committee is one of the most important teams the district has ever assembled. Therefore, we need people who are creative, open-minded, goal oriented, knowledgeable about K-12 sports, and understands the challenges the district faces. More importantly, we need individuals who have the commitment to make the athletic program the best in Kentucky!
If you are interested in serving on the committee, please complete the short survey found at the following link (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQVUyvryB5T-OdimuzfWYabyPzU-UQMcnphYk-Befqbcrexw/viewform) by Friday, July 12, 2019. Due to the summer break and vacations, our goal is to have at least one preliminary meeting this summer to get the committee started. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, 606-845-5851, stop by the district office, or stop me out in the community.
We appreciate and value your input. Thank you for your continued support of students in Fleming County.
Our Journey Continues…