LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Teachers, school officials and Kentucky Education Association members met in Letcher County Wednesday to host the National Education Association Executive Director, John Stocks.
Stocks is visiting the region to get a glimpse of the education system in rural Appalachia, and it took him only a few hours to fully appreciate Eastern Kentucky educators.
“This area of the country is a place where they are facing huge challenges and doing absolutely heroic work,” said Stocks.
Stocks is taking a tour of several rural regions across the country, including Appalachia. Wednesday's stops took him through Letcher County and to Arlie Boggs Elementary School.
The school is the oldest school in Letcher County and officials say this is the exact kind of school they wanted Mr. Stocks to see.
“It's important for him to understand that there are some barriers in Eastern Kentucky specifically, and we want him to see those first hand so he can get an idea of how well we are doing,” said Kentucky Education Association President, Sharron Oxendine.
State and school officials also discussed proposed government funding cuts, that they fear could shut down the school.
“We have to organize and make sure that policy makers understand, that they cannot close schools like this school because of some game that's being played in congress,” said Stocks.
And Educators hope Stocks will help their voices be heard during times like these.
Stocks will continue his tour Thursday in Knox County at Union College.