This week is a crucial time for Kentucky public schools. The legislative session has brought concerns to many of us. Governor Bevin has made the announcement that he will veto the Budget Bill HB200 and Tax Reform Bill HB 366.
How does this impact Henderson County Schools?
First of all, HCS needs to be represented in Frankfort on Friday and Saturday this week. Each school will decide upon a delegation to send to Frankfort to represent us. We will not close school on Friday. This will become a win-win situation for everyone.
We will be able to advocate for public schools, which we all love and are passionate about, (especially HCS) and we are able to continue providing our daily excellent educational services needed by our students and expected by parents.
What are we advocating for:
1. The pension promise – which means we are not asking for raises. We pay a percentage into the Kentucky retirement system every month – knowing that will be our retirement. Social security is not an option for teachers. That is the promise that we were given when we became a public servants.
2. Legislators need to find a revenue source that will increase public education funding.
We need the funding at the state level for early childhood education/preschool, professional development, transportation, textbooks, and FRYSC, just to name a few. Do not put that funding obligation on the local level.
I ask that we all wear red throughout this week and we will provide “I love public school” stickers for HCS employees on Friday.
We also will start a social media campaign called #wearehcs. We will encourage social media posts that show how Henderson County Schools staff has inspired you! Staff members can post videos and pictures of the extraordinary work that you do. Parents and students post pictures with your favorite hcs staff member. Our community already knows we are a distinguished school district Now let’s show the world. #wearehcs #lovekyschools
For the next 28 school days – wear red, show your public school support. Our children and students are worth our interest and investment. We are Henderson County Schools and we are extraordinary!