Kentucky's education commissioner tours region

HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky's commissioner of education made a stop in Knott County Wednesday morning to visit students and teachers at Hindman Elementary School.

Dr. Terry Holliday is on a tour of the Commonwealth's 174 school districts. He said the visit to Knott County was his 155th.

"What I like to do is come and talk to teachers, principals and school board members about the challenges they're facing," Holliday said. "And how Frankfort could help relieve some of those challenges or get out of the way on some things."

The commissioner observed teachers interacting with students in a classroom that has been labeled as "21st century."

"Which means that they have put in a projector, a document camera and a smart board which has the curriculum built into it," said Harold Burchell, a supervisor with KIDS (Ky. Information and Data Services). "And so the teacher has the most modern tools available to teach with."

Holliday also read a story to a kindergarten class.

"Every kid in this building seems to really enjoy being here," superintendent Kimberly King said. "Teachers show excitement and that goes over to the students. They enjoy school if they see the teachers having a good time."

Holliday said Kentucky students are taking their education very seriously, from K through 12.

"Kentucky is certainly leading the nation with new standards, new assessments, new accountability models," Holliday said. "And the focus on college and career readiness, Kentucky is a model for the rest of the nation."

He also visted Pike County on Wednesday.

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