Hurray for the Tech Team!!!

Many of us think that if school rooms are ready, teachers are ready, and buses are ready then it's time for school to start. Yes, if there's ice or snow on the roads, roads are flooded, or if there's some other catastrophic event, school may be cancelled. But not having school because the internet is down?  To some, that may seem ridiculous.

While most of us probably use the Internet to read the latest Facebook posts, check emails, look up a recipe, or try to get to level 135 in TwoDots, the Internet has become a critical factor in the running of a school district.  And yes, being without it for an extended period of time can force a school closing or delay a school's opening as it did in Lincoln County, in part, after last week's fire at the central office.  Here's why.

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Technology Restored - Many Thanks!!!!

Last week's fire at the Lincoln County Central Office completely destroyed the technology hub of the school district, creating a problem never before faced by a school in the state of Kentucky.  Seven servers, containing resources and information shared between approximately  2,500 computers throughout the district were lost in the fire.  Almost immediately, the Kentucky Department of Education, district network administrators, and technicians scrambled to restore technology functions to the district.  


According to Network Administrator/Head Technician Bobby Smith, one of the first jobs was re-laying fiber optic cables to create a temporary site for a technology hub.  This hub is located in a mobile unit that formerly housed the Family Resource Center at Hustonville, now set up in the lower parking  lot at the central office.   Service provider AT &T, along with district technicians, worked night and day for two days to install the fiber.   Meanwhile, Birch Communications began working at school sites to connect school systems to AT & T, tying communications together. 

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Parent Portal Account
The district has received a new portal District ID for parents to use when resetting the App for your phone. The new ID is HVKRJP. You will need to use this in the Campus Portal Settings where it asks for the School District code.

Ready to Roll!!

For most school employees, summer means work-free days of no papers to grade, no meetings to attend, and no lesson plans, but for some district employees, it is the busiest time of the year. One group of school personnel who shifted into high gear over the summer were those in the bus garage.

After a less-than-stellar transportation audit, Lincoln County School Transportation Manager Dallas Martin and others in his department have spent the past few weeks fine-tuning the bus garage and the county school buses.

The work actually started, according to Martin, on the day in April that the audit was done. "There was a bus dead-lined on the day the audit was done," Martin explained, referring to one of three vehicles taken out of service for mechanical issues. "We fixed it that day and the audit team released it back into service before they left."

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PBIS Training

Promoting Positive Behavior

Section 6(1) of 704 KAR 7:160
All Kentucky School Personnel are required to complete an online training for the purpose of understanding how to use positive behavior supports for this school year. The required training is titled Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools II

Educators may access Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools II at 

Users must either sign up for free or login with your PBS account. For assistance on enrolling and navigating through the course, download the User's Guide or watch the video tutorials on How to Enroll and Navigating the Course

Safe Schools Training

All Lincoln County employees, please click the above training link to complete your online Safe Schools Training. All training must be completed by August 31st, 2014.