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#1 Feb 10, 2012
Do we have one ? If so how many are on it ?
I would like to donate to the team, I would also like to see a write up in the paper about the team.
Who is the coach?
#2 Feb 10, 2012
New Minimum Qualifications for Academic Coaches and Academic Coordinators
Beginning this year, the minimum qualification for being an academic team coach, debate team sponsor, or academic coordinator is 64 college credit hours. If you have someone interested in one of these positions who is not already a JCPS employee, they will need to get a coach’s packet from Activities/Athletics at the VanHoose Annex to apply. Current JCPS Employees simply need to sign their contracts, which are sent to principals. Sponsor contracts are due to Cathy Kinser in Activities/Athletics by September 1, 2011.
#3 Feb 10, 2012
Academic Competition Funding for Middle and High Schools
Funding for academic competition began in 1986 when school budgets were controlled by the Board of Education. At that time the Board included a $1000 line-item earmarked for academic competition. When the schools went to site-based management, that $1000 was included in the total amount allocated to the schools. Now it is the responsibility of the local school to designate that money from their yearly budget for academic competition. The Office of Academic Competition does not give this money to the schools. It should be allocated by your site-based budget committee and set aside in anticipation that it will be needed. If you have a problem, please check with your bookkeeper and locate the code from which your KAAC dues have been paid in the past.
What should the $1000.00 from your school budget be used for?
KAAC Dues (Annual expense-notice is sent to the schools in the spring.)
Study materials/practice questions for quick recall and FPS
Hosting costs (food, custodial services, etc.)
Other tournament fees/expenses
Other expenses for academic competition as allowed by your principal.
NOTE: Not all of these expenses will occur each year. Hosting is the largest expenditure, but that only gets assigned to a given school every 3-4 years. Therefore, schools may not need to spend all of these funds each year.
#4 Feb 10, 2012
Job Descriptions and Responsibilities
General Responsibilities of the School Academic Coordinator:
Must be trained as a quick recall official. NOTE: KAAC officials can be trained by a coach who has attended an official KAAC training. It is suggested that he/she also be trained as an FPS evaluator.
Receive and disseminate information from the Office of Academic Competition and/or KAAC about academic competition to others, especially coaches, within the school.
Act as a liaison to the Office of Academic Competition
Act as moderator or judge at practices (optional), the quick recall league matches, and at tournaments - or recruit and train someone (such as a parent volunteer) to perform that duty.
Coordinate the school spelling bee (elementary and middle school only)- or recruit and train someone (such as a parent volunteer) to perform that duty.
Is responsible for acting as contest manager when their school hosts Mayor's Cup (elementary) or Governor's Cup (middle and high).
Maintain and/or purchase new equipment for quick recall.
Take care of all the paperwork (with input from coaches) involved with league and tournament registrations and transportation.
Report scores to the office of academic competition by 10:00 a.m. the following day.
Oversee the payment of dues and fees, as necessary.
Promote academic team membership within the school.(i.e. send written notices about results of recent matches to the office to be announced to the school, helps advertise tryouts, etc.)
Assist coaches with purchasing practice quick recall questions, the Readings, Research, and Resources Guide for FPS, and other needed study materials for academic teams.
Act as an evaluator for problem solving competitions as necessary.
#5 Feb 10, 2012
Somebody needs to do the math and compare the responsibilities to the $$$. Then do the same with your wonderful sports programs and see how much emphasis Elliott County Schools really puts on academics. God bless anyone willing to put the work into a much under-appreciated academic program. I know districts and regionals have just concluded and you ARE appreciated, even if it's not by your school system.(This is not in response to the posts here, just the sad situation in general! Let's gang up and let Mr. Williams know people do care about the Academic Teams!)
#6 Feb 11, 2012
I agree, Would like to see the A. TEAM have the following that we give to sports.
#7 Feb 21, 2012
YES, Elliott County does have an Academic Team. Both Sandy Hook & Lakeside compete at Elementary level, and the 7th & 8th grade compete at Middle School Level.
The teams fly under the radar with little to no recognition of their efforts. They are in no way glorified or funded in the same way as the sports in this county are! It is really quite sickening!
The volunteers and coaches that ARE involved in the Academic teams put in tireless amounts of effort & time to ensure that our children represent our county well. It would be really nice if they had more support from the community. These kids represent the WHOLE county when traveling to other counties to compete and that is something that we should all take pride in!
Hats of to those educators willing to take the extra steps needed, for the valuable time donated from their personal lives, and for the insight to know what a grand asset this is to our children & our county! You are to be commended!
#8 Feb 21, 2012
Carter county west carter team
3 girls from West will be going to the state governor's cup academic meet at Rupp next month!!!! These girls have worked diligently for months beating out 13 other schools in this region!!!!!!! We need to support them. Yeah Kalin, Annie and Darby!!! You make us so proud. Hope the school acknowledges your accomplishments.
#9 Mar 2, 2012
Exactly my point, WE, Elliott County, also have a child going to compete at the state level. Who can tell me the child's name? Anyone? Bet no one can. WHY? Because they have received NO recognition of their accomplishment. SO SAD and SO WRONG! Tsk Tsk, everyone in the local school system, those running the newspaper, etc. etc should truly be ashamed!
#10 Mar 2, 2012
Do you know if this student will get to go to camp ? we should support any student who wants to go thats on the team,
#11 Mar 17, 2012
Our Board of Ed cares so little about these teams they didn't even provide a bus for the kids to go compete in Morehead today for the Regional Governers Cup. Academics should always be a priority for our schools, not sports.
#12 Mar 18, 2012
That is because a basketball was not involved. They say it is because the school system does not have the money. They have NEVER had the money for academics. Playing basketball is a much more important life skill than education. Did you not know that? That is the way Elliott county has always done. You may not be able to read or write but if you can hit a three-pointer then life is good in good ole' Sandy Hook.
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