School district employees begin home visits
by Cris Ritchie Editor
LITTLE LEATHERWOOD Teachers and other district employees with Perry County Schools recently began a program to conduct home visits with the systems 4,000 students. Officials say they hope to have these visits completed by Labor Day weekend.
Jody Maggard, the district finance officer for the Perry County School District, said Superintendent John Paul Amis wanted to institute these visits as a way to receive feedback from parents on how the schools can improve for the upcoming school year.
It just gives us, hopefully, what would be a good way to start off the school year by showing parents that we have a vested interest in their students, and its a way to reach out to them, said Maggard.
Approximately 400 teachers work within the county system, with an additional 400 employees for both classified and central office staff, Maggard said, and they will also be going on home visits as well.
Ralph Combs, the agriculture teacher at Perry County Central High School, went on his second and third home visits last week in the south end of the county, visiting two students and their parents. Both visits went well, Combs said, and both parents were receptive to the idea of having further contact with the schools.
Teresa Gullett lives on Maces Creek, and said she has had trouble reaching school officials in the past when an issue had arisen, but she is happy the teachers and other staff are going to be making the effort this year. Teresas son, Andy, is an incoming sophomore at Perry Central.
Thats a big, huge step for the teachers to be making visits, she said.
Maggard said a goal of this years home visit program is to ascertain how incoming students can succeed in the upcoming school year, and he thinks it will be a successful program, especially based on reports from other school districts.
Mason County does this every year, and we kind of patterned our program after them, he said. We saw what they do and seen that it was effective.
Combs also paid a visit to another incoming sophomore, Ashley Smith, who lives in Little Leatherwood. Smith, a Robinson Scholar, said at present she wants to attend college and major in agriculture. Her father, Brian, noted that his main concern was the attitude of the students and the respect they show each other. He added that he doesnt disagree with the home visit program and said it was good to be able to talk about his daughters education with one of her teachers.
Combs said he hopes to be able to take input from the parents back to the schools administration so that he and the other teachers can provide a better education.
The main purpose of this program is to have parent input as to situations we can change or control at the school and to provide input so that we can try to do a better job of educating our students and helping them to succeed, said Combs.
Though this is the first year the school district is conducting home visits, and logistically it may cause some initial difficulties, Maggard said he ultimately thinks it will be a good thing for the district.
I think the results of this are going to be great, and were expecting nothing but positive results, he said.
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