The Lyon County Board of Education met Monday for the first time since scores were released in late September. Diane Still, supervisor for instruction, said the district’s score improved over last year, but that a modified measuring stick will be used to gauge achievement next year.
"Last month we were here, we had the scores but they were under lock and key," Still said. "This is the last go round with these numbers. What they'll do now is take everyone's scores and their program review scores, put them together, line them back up and make a new chart."
Lyon County schools scored a 65.8, ranking 13th out of the state’s 174 districts. Out of a western Kentucky co-op of 25 schools districts, Lyon ranked third and was first in its region. The district ranked among the top 5 percent of schools from across the state. It marks the second consecutive time the district has earned a distinguished ranking, placing it at the top of the state’s benchmark for progressing students.
Both the elementary and middle schools reported growth since last year’s measurement, with Lyon County Elementary School improving from a 62.1 to a 69.1, earning the second highest score in the region and 82nd out of 729 elementary schools across the state. Lyon County Middle School — despite being displaced by construction — ranked 18th out of 331 districts across the state for its second distinguished review, placing it in the top 6 percent of schools.
Still said Lyon County High School scored the lowest of the three schools.
"That's the one where we have some work to do, and we know we do," Still said. "[Superintendent Quin] Sutton and I are meeting with [Principal Robin] Hurst this week. We're meeting with all the different principals to find out other ideas and share thoughts."
Billy Thorpe, elementary school principal, said his staff is exploring ways to continue the success
"We believe we're headed in the right direction," Thorpe said. "Hopefully we'll continue to improve every year."
Also during Monday's meeting:
n The board recognized Jill Akridge and Aaron Dodd with Beyond the Call awards. Sutton commended both employees.
"Both of these employees always do what's best for our kids. I appreciate what they do very much."
n Recognized athletes Jill P'Poole and Cullan Brown. P'Poole broke a school scoring record for the second stright year with the Lady Lyons soccer team.
"I scored 15 goals my freshman year and 19 my sophomore year, and then last year I had 44," P'Poole said. "Last year in basketball I tore my ACL so I didn't know if I was going to play soccer this year."
At the encouragement of her coach, P'Poole did, scoring 40 goals for Lyon County and breaking the all-time school scoring record for males and females.
Brown was recognized for his 5 under par score of 67 which tied the State Middle School Tournament record last week and pushed him to the title (see story on B1).