Coleman and teen honored by Burgin school board

November 11, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

BURGIN - State Rep. Jack Coleman and a young man who is a beneficiary of one of the laws Coleman worked to get passed in the Legislature were honored Wednesday night by the Burgin Board of Education.

Coleman chose not to seek re-election to the Kentucky General Assembly and is ending his 14 years as the representative of the 55th District. The district will be represented by Milward Dedman at the beginning of the year ahead.

In the turbulent legislative session that ended earlier this year without lawmakers passing a state budget, two education bills promoted by Burgin School Superintendent Richard Webb and Harrodsburg School Superintendent H.M. Snodgrass and sponsored by Coleman were approved by the legislature.

House Bill 178 addresses school drop-out statistics and provides for a student's successful completion of the General Education Development Program. If the student completes the program within one year of leaving school, that student is not counted as a dropout in school drop-out statistics.


Webb said earlier this year that the GED component gives students a chance to complete their high school studies.

Andy Myers, 18, is a human example of the law's provisions. Myers was in the school-to-work program at Burgin High School, but he left school at the end of the last school year without graduating. Myers completed his GED this summer and along with that accomplishment, is not considered a dropout.

"The real issue is that Kentucky's definition of a dropout was not consistent with the national definition," Snodgrass said at the end of the legislative session earlier this year.

Myers and Coleman received plaques from the board of education.

"I'm proud to be from Burgin, live in Burgin and to have graduated from Burgin," Coleman said. "I learned so much about public service serving on the school board." He served on the House education committee during all of his 14 years in Frankfort.

It was that work for which Webb and board members were especially grateful. The gratitude went both ways.

"Boards of education and superintendents all care about kids," Coleman said.

The two bills passed this year addressed problems specific to small school districts and Coleman said their work on the laws showed their concern.

Central Kentucky News Articles