muhl co school 300MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (7/19/16) — A group of around 20 staff members including administrators, counselors and high school teachers met recently to brainstorm possibilities for reconfiguring the use of the unique dual-campus arrangement of Muhlenberg County High School.

The first meeting was on July 11, 2016. The district plans to have a number of reconfiguration planning meetings in order to determine ways to improve the efficiency and success of the school and student learning.

“I think we had a great start!” said Superintendent Randy McCarty. “In order for the meeting to be as productive as possible, I explained that we want to consider a range of ideas; however, those ideas must be within our current financial restraints. There’s no way around that. We want to dream big, but we also have to be realistic. I am very pleased with the initial input and look forward to refining these ideas in the coming weeks.”

Attendees met in breakout sessions of four small groups and then reported their ideas back to the entire planning team. The Kentucky Association of School Administrators and its Center for Education Leadership are working with the school district on the project.

“I was impressed with the proactive and positive approach of all the participants,” McCarty went on to say. “One clear theme that came out of the meeting is the focus on relationships with students. That’s where all education begins. Continuity was another idea that emerged from several people. It’s crucial that Muhlenberg County’s values be built into whatever decisions are made and that we are consistent in what we do.”

No specific reconfiguration models have been decided upon at this point. During the course of the next few meetings, the planning team will continue to share and refine reconfiguration model ideas and work to narrow their focus to one particular model. This brainstorming is just one part of the overall plan.

“We sought and received tremendous community feedback from a variety of perspectives. That feedback certainly is another important building block!” McCarty said the group will meet again within the coming weeks, adding “It’s clear that many of our participants today are familiar with other high school configurations across our area and Kentucky.”

He concluded, “When you combine that kind of professionalism and knowledge along with their dedication and commitment to kids and families of Muhlenberg County, I’m confident we’ll come up with a positive solution!”

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