The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education heard a report from Superintendent David Gibson Monday at its monthly meeting wherein Gibson praised students for their successes and commended staff for helping push students toward higher achievement. 

“We have now completed 37 days of school. Our faculty and staff are well engaged and are pushing hard to continue the successes of the last year on our assessments,” Gibson said. “As has been illustrated by (District Assessment Coordinator Matt) Ratliff and his analysis of the 2017-18 KPREP data, we have many things to celebrate as a district. Our middle school and high school made significant gains across the board, with a minimum gain of at least nine points in every subject area and in nearly 20-point gains in eighth grade and eleventh grade writing. This shows a renewed focus on our academic processes at the Paintsville High School and (PHS Principal Charles) McClure and his staff are to be commended.”

Gibson also touched on the auditor’s report for this year, which was heard by the board at the meeting and the new graduation requirements handed down by the Kentucky Department of Education.

“Based on our annual financial audit, the Paintsville board of education is in strong financial shape.  Not only were we able to provide more resources to our students in the form of one to one technology and software for our students, but we were able to lower taxes and still grow our general fund,” Gibson said. “This is a testament to the board’s vision of being financially responsible, cutting overhead and providing more for our kids.” 

Gibson said the new graduation requirements would allow students more choice in how they earned the credits needed for graduation. 

“We had a great conversation as a board and superintendent team about the impact of the newly passed graduation requirements by the Kentucky Board of Education,” Gibson said. “The new graduation requirements are going to allow our students more flexibility in the courses they take while also promoting more competency.  We want to make sure that we align our standards with the new requirements and still support our high expectations for all students.” 

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