Board of Education General 05 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/5/13) – Daviess County School District Superintendent Owens Saylor proposed to the Daviess County Board of Education at Tuesday night’s meeting the idea of building a new alternative school to replace Beacon High School in 2015 or 2016.
 
“This has been a year in the making,” Superintendent Owens Saylor said.
 
The school would introduce the program, Discovery, which has been implemented in a few other schools across the Commonwealth, and would focus more on college and career readiness. The school would offer soft skills certification for the workforce, virtual and in-person education in subjects such as construction, masonry, electricity and other industrial subjects, and even Microsoft Office Certification.
 
“I think every student should be college and career ready,” Saylor said.
 
The school would be a full academic program that would be all day for the ninth through 12th grades. There will be a variety of remediation opportunities, research based study and support services, provide career and technical pathway connections, and would better prepare students for the ACT starting in the ninth grade. The new alternative school would no longer be an alternative route to graduation, but would now be a school designed to target the support and needs of each student, according to Saylor.
 
“We have the will and we have the skill,” Saylor said.
 
The proposed school would go from placement of students related primarily to lack of success in the regular school setting to a collaborative team-recommended placement based on early identification, said Saylor. The school will also try to take away the social stigma that comes from alternative schools by encouraging personal and academic excellence.
 
The school would continue to help students with grade and attendance issues, students who are social disconnected or who have behavioral and developmental issues. Saylor wants the school to be a key component to meet the policy prohibiting students under 18 from dropping out, but also wants the school to be “welcoming” to students.
 
“A sense of community is vital,” Saylor said.
 
Attendance would go from 75 kids per grade at Beacon to 98 kids at the proposed school. This is projected 15 to 1 student/teacher ratio.
 
“There will be more need than we have spots,” Saylor said.
 
Projections applied by the Board of Education for the cost of the building would be $4 million initially and would be paid for with bond money. Superintendent Saylor asked the board to further explore the project, and the board voted yes to pursuing the idea.
 
SurfKY will continue to keep you updated on the proposed idea of a new alternative school for DCPS. The next DCPS Board of Education Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 11:45 a.m.
 
Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

springhour

In Other News...

Student Art Show at Thistle Cottage

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (3/4/15) — The K-eight student art show is on display at Thistle Cottage, 122 South Cherry… Read More

Lady Mustangs Trample Lady Tigers in First Round of Third Region Tourney

OWENSBORO, Ky. (3/4/15) — The Muhlenberg Lady Mustangs defeated Breckinridge Lady Tigers 49-46 during the first round… Read More

Most Read This Week

March 02, 2015 9235

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 8507

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 25, 2015 6360

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
March 03, 2015 5389

Three Arrested during Traffic Stop

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 4299

Local Man Makes Unique Display from Area’s…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 02, 2015 3618

HCSO, MPD Join to Bust Alleged Drug Trafficking…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 09, 2015

Police Pursue Man after Fight at Taco Bell

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 03, 2015 2343

Superintendent: Spring Break Won't be Touched…

in Hopkins News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 1099

Highway Crews Dealing with Landsides in…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Keith Todd
March 04, 2015 1077

KSP Warns of Old Scam Resurfacing in the Post 2…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper S. C. Recke
March 04, 2015 799

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 4, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
March 04, 2015 767

Adamson Chosen as Madisonville MSU Campus’…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 697

Mental Health Services Expanded at Western…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Steve Beshear
March 04, 2015 693

New Downtown Plaza to Provide Platform for…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 686

Muhlenberg County Educator Inducted into Kentucky…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by WKU News
March 04, 2015 648

KYEM Monitoring Another Storm System Headed for…

in General News For All Sites by Monica French
March 04, 2015 580

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - March 4, 2015

in Video by Crime Stoppers