Eddyville, KY


Board discusses high performance by district

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - Updated: 8:52 AM
By Jody Norwood jnorwood@heraldledger.com

Lyon County Schools are once again a distinguished district.

The Lyon County Board of Education met with Site Based Decision Making Councils and discussed state assessment scores of each school during their monthly meeting Monday. The Lyon County School District as a whole scored 71.4.

Robin Hurst, supervisor of instruction for Lyon County Schools, said the district's score is based on the performance of all its schools.

"We did stay a distinguished school district," Hurst said. "In the state, our district is 64th of 173."

In western Kentucky, the district finished just behind McCracken County Schools and Hopkins County School, both of which were assessed at 71.7.

Individually, the middle and high schools also fared well, both being named as schools of distinction. The high school scored 81.8 out of a possible 100. The school scored 20 out of a possible 20 on college and career readiness.

Principal Ryan Amerson said he was proud of the perfect score, but was still striving to have all students graduate ready for whatever comes next.

"It's nice to have [the score], but to me the reality of this is that we still had 14 kids that were not either college or career ready," Amerson said. "To me, that's unacceptable. That's something that as we move forward we fix and try to alleviate."

According to state guidelines, schools receive extra points for students that are both college and career ready.

Hurst said assessments for middle schools had changed this year, but that Lyon County was still recognized as a school of distinction.

Lyon County Elementary School fell from it's score last year, with a 5.7 gap score out of a possible 33 points. The state's gap score is a difficult number for small district to deal with as it's based on improving student performance in a minority of a school's population.

For a district like Lyon with less than 900 total students among its three schools, the number of students contributing to the score can be only a few from year to year.

"Basically, it's preparing the number of novices you had this year versus the prior year," said Superintendent Russ Tilford. "The accountability system doesn't stand still... it's going to continue to be tweaked. How they calculate it, it does change year to year, and we'll continue to see changes."

The board also recognized Jaime Green for her work writing grants on behalf of the community. Green recently secured a $625,000 grant that will aim to reduce tobacco, alcohol and drug use.

The board also recognized Keith Adcock, who recently retired as store manager of Food Giant in Eddyville.

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