Garrett school wins Casey attendance award

October 13, 2004|BRENDA EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Garrett Elementary School won an attendance banner for the fourth straight year.

Principal Joyce Goodlett accepted the attendance banner Monday from Dale Wilson, director of pupil personnel at the Board of Education meeting. The average attendance during 2003-2004 at Garrett school was 95.92 percent.

Overall average attendance in the other county schools was: Douglas, 95.60 percent; Middleburg, 95.41 percent; Liberty, 95.20 percent; Phelps Elementary, 95.05 percent; Phillips, 94.86; Casey middle school, 93.20 percent; and Casey High, 91.97 percent. The overall district had a 94.01 percent attendance.

Goodlett said the attendance banner will be hung on the gymnasium wall where the others are displayed. "We've won seven attendance banners since the 1996-1997 school year. The only time Garrett was beaten was in 1999-2000 when Middleburg won.


Goodlett said the win would not be possible without support from teachers, parents and the students.

Wilson said it takes the whole community to help with good attendance.

He also said attendance percentage is now being kept each month at each of the county schools. The highest attendance during the first month of school for students was Douglas Elementary with 97.96 percent; for certified personnel was Middleburg Elementary with 98.45 percent, and classified staff was Casey County High School with 98.92 percent.

Wilson said the attendance counts have created a lot of interest and is a way for the students and staff to work together on keeping better attendance.

In an unrelated attendance matter, the board accepted non-resident contracts for two students from Adair County, but rejected a request to allow a home schooled student in Casey County to attend a Lincoln County school.

Susana Sallade of Ky. 906, Hustonville, requested that her child attend the Lincoln school because Lincoln will accept high school credits, and Casey won't accept high school credits from home schooled students.

The board made a policy last year to not allow county students to go to other districts because of the loss of average daily attendance money.

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