As floodwaters began to quickly overtake his community on July 28, Jamie Fugate found himself some three hours away getting panicked phone calls. For Fugate, a principal in Perry County, the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) conference in Louisville ended abruptly and ahead of schedule.
“Look for the helpers,” is sound advice we have come to rely on in the aftermath of tragedy. The phrase originated from Nancy McFeely Rogers, but her words were later popularized by her son, Fred Rogers, in his book, “Mister Rogers Talks with Parents.”
Jackson County students build sheds to give back to neighbors in need after devastating floods in eastern Kentucky
After July’s catastrophic floods in eastern Kentucky left many families without homes and belongings, students at the Jackson County Area Technology Center (ATC) sprang into action thinking of ways they could help.
Commissioner Jason E. Glass visits Jenkins Independent, Knott County and Letcher County schools following catastrophic floods
Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass and Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) Chair Lu S. Young were joined this week by two officials from the U.S. Department of Education on a two-day visit to seven eastern Kentucky school districts impacted by the July 2022 flooding.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass’ statement on the passage of House Bill 1 flood relief package
“We are appreciative of the General Assembly’s quick actions to address the many needs facing our schools in eastern Kentucky after the historic flooding. In our regular discussions with these superintendents, some of their top concerns were how soon they could get their students in school, how they would meet the mandatory number of attendance days for students and how they could assist their teachers."
The foundation for great teamwork in eastern Kentucky following the catastrophic flooding – and what I feel is at the heart of every successful team – is open lines of communication.
To continue addressing the real-time needs of school districts affected by the recent flooding, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass held a virtual huddle with superintendents on Aug. 18 to hear where the communities stand in their rebuilding efforts.
Hunter Combs I spent July 26 like many other teenagers in Knott County – talking with friends, enjoying the last few days of summer break, yet excited for a new school year. Around 11:30 p.m., we all received a notification saying that our area was on a flood watch.