Anderson County High School science teacher Sharon Sutherland drove four hours to donate her a car to a survivor of the December tornadoes in western Kentucky.
Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass visited several western Kentucky school districts were impacted by the Dec. 2021 tornados, including Hopkins County, Dawson Springs Independent, Murray Independent, Mayfield Independent and Graves County.
With the application process under way for tornado-impacted districts to request aid from the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies fund, leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education met with local superintendents on Feb. 23 to encourage districts to submit applications as soon as possible.
With House Bill (HB) 5 appropriating $30 million for school districts affected by December’s tornado outbreak, leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) met with superintendents on Feb. 1 to discuss the process to request funds and disbursement.
Everybody’s favorite neighbor Fred Rogers said when he was young and saw something that scared him, his mother would tell him to look for the helpers. In the days since tornadoes left a wide swath of death and destruction in western Kentucky, I have heard about so many of the people who work in our public schools who volunteered to be one of those helpers.
The selfless acts of kindness displayed by school personnel after the historic 265.7-mile tornado on Dec. 10 and 11 were recognized Jan. 27 by the Kentucky General Assembly.
With Gov. Andy Beshear signing House Bill 5 into law last week, leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education met virtually on Jan. 20 with superintendents of districts impacted by the December tornado outbreak to discuss details of the bill and the process for appropriating the $30 million made available to KDE for disaster relief.
Leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education held a virtual meeting Jan. 6 to provide update to superintendents of districts recently impacted by tornadoes.
To continue addressing the real-time needs of school districts affected by the recent tornadoes, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass held a virtual huddle with superintendents on Dec. 29 to hear where the communities stand in their rebuilding efforts.