Following up on her plan from the previous semester, MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser met with a focus group of students at Marion County Middle School to discuss improving school culture.
Schlosser, along with Instructional Supervisor Troy Benningfield and Transportation Director Scott Spalding, met with two sets of students and discussed changes that have already been implemented and possible further changes. This was her second meeting with the group.
Among the improvements, the group of 6th and 7th graders noted adjustments in the way students are released to class and a more organized approach to hallway traffic, which have alleviated crowding issues.
More generally, the students pointed to a more positive school atmosphere.
“I like that there’s a lot of positivity in the school,” one student noted.
Another added: “There’s more smiling!”
“We want to make Marion County Middle School a place you’re excited to come to,” Schlosser told the group.
Schlosser met with each group for approximately 30 minutes.
Among the suggestions for continued improvement, the students discussed possible tutoring sessions before or after school and further adjustments to the day’s schedule to improve access to lockers.
The focus group is just one part of a plan to address school safety and culture at the middle school.
Public Affairs Officer Robert Purdy of the Kentucky State Police is scheduled to visit the school to speak to students about Internet safety. Also, a group from the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) is set to conduct a safety audit.