ALLEN - The Floyd County Board of Education met in regular session Monday evening at Allen Elementary School. Board members were welcomed to the school by a display of student work, writings and a performance of the AES choral and music departments, led by director Michael Bell.
Following, Principal Linda Gearheart and members of the school's site-based council offered an overview of recent test scores and plans for future improvement.
Board member Mickey McGuire noted that the school “seems to do very well in K through 5, an area you all excel in ... But then you seem to slip in the middle school grades.”
Gearheart responded that in some cases, she felt that transfer of teachers from one grade to another, along with student transfers from one school to another, can have an impact on those grades. She informed the board that her staff was aware of the work to be done and that plans were already in progress toward future improvement.
Members of the Allen Central High School JROTC program attended the meeting to report to the board the importance of the school swimming pool area to them and to urge the board to move to have the pool covered.
The swimming pool has not been in use by the school since the 1998-99 school year.
Recent options explored by the board have consisted of filling the pool in with concrete, installing a rubberized flooring surface and installing a retractable covering on which various school teams and clubs could hold practices and other activities.
JROTC team members informed board members that the covered pool would be used by the JROTC Drill Team/Color Guard/Rifle Team for practice and training exercises, as well as the school cheerleading, dance, baseball and softball teams.
“We all put our heart and soul into this program,” said JROTC member Shane Duncan, an ACHS senior. “It's as ‘top of the line' as any football or baseball program.”
Instructor Larry D. Maynard echoed Duncan's sentiments, saying, “These kids are diehards. They keep going regardless of the obstacles ... Let's not make it too hard for them to keep going. Let's help them achieve excellence because that's what they want to do.”
The board agreed to seriously consider the students' plea.
Shane Music, Prestonsburg High School, sat at Monday's board table as student representative.